ABLE stands for “Accepted, Belonging, Loved, Empowered” and is the name of our program addressing the special needs of children with disabilities and/or chronic health needs. ABLE staff come alongside our Kinship Care and Foster Care families to empower them to provide for the optimal health and well-being of the children in their care.
Access to services is a huge need for people with disabilities in rural areas. Through ABLE, children in CIF’s Kinship Care & Foster Care programs have access to special education, medical services, equipment, etc.
Even the best of families can experience stress in providing for a child with disabilities. The support we provide helps to ensure these precious children remain in the care of families rather than institutions.
ABLE staff are trained to provide therapeutic services to address challenges children may have in all areas of development and to help their families know how to help them as well.
What is the importance of the ABLE Program?
Children with disabilities are at a much greater risk of being relinquished to institutional care and are also much more vulnerable to the potential dangers and negative effects of institutional care. Contributing to this increased risk is the fact that in many Cambodian communities, especially those in rural areas, resources for children with disabilities or chronic health issues are scarce and/or difficult to access, and caring for a child with special needs can be a real challenge. The ABLE program helps these families have access to both the resources and encouragement they need.
Myth #1: Orphans are inherently resilient and institutionalised children can easily reintegrate into society. Last…