Volunteering Short Term: The Excellent Amy!

Volunteering Short Term: The Excellent Amy!

Introducing Amy In the coming weeks on the CIF blog, you might notice a bump in the quality of our photos. That’s due to the work of Amy Higg. Amy is a professional photographer from Queensland, Australia. She put her business on hold for two months this year, spending that time volunteering short term in Cambodia. You can check her out online over here. Having Amy working for Children in Families was really beneficial for us as an organisation. Not only did she give us photos of our staff and some…

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Children In Families Is A Stars Impact Award Winner For 2016!

Children in Families is a Stars Impact Award Winner for 2016!

Super Exciting! We are super, super excited to be able to make this announcement: Children in Families has been named as a winner of the Stars Impact Awards for 2016!   Any award is great news, of course. But this one is something special. The Stars Impact Awards are given each year to "strong, grassroots organisations responding to the needs of children and young people in their care." They also have a really great reputation around the world for choosing to recognise organisations that provide the highest quality service to vulnerable…

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The ABLE Program And The Staff Who Make It Happen

The ABLE Program and the Staff Who Make It Happen

We would like to introduce you to the staff who work in our ABLE program. Meet Lisa. She is a Physical Therapist, and has worked at CIF for the past four years. Her time here has seen the beginning and growth of the ABLE program. She now serves as a technical adviser to our Khmer staff. ABLE ABLE (Accepted, Belonging, Loved, Empowerment) provides support services to our Foster Care, Kinship Care, and Emergency Care programs. Every child within our various programs can be helped by ABLE. The program provides in-home help and direct…

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A Database For The Community

A Database for the Community

Working with the Community We know we've been quiet for a little while. While there has been little action on our blog, that doesn't mean that we have been sitting idle. We have been very busy. Our main objective at CIF is to work with vulnerable Cambodian children and place them in loving homes. But that is not all we do! We are also committed to being a part of the wider community of organizations. We are working toward safer kids and a stronger Cambodian society. One project we have that relates…

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Welcome Lynny

Welcome Lynny

While we are sad to say farewell to our amazing General Manager, Jesse Blaine, Children in Families (CIF) recently welcomed our new General Manager, Lynny Sor. Jesse is passing the torch and will focus more on pastorship. We are excited for this incredible, resilient Khmer woman to join our team. She is a wife, mother of three, an accomplished academic, and a former refugee. In August, she hit the ground running with us. Not wanting to be a manager who is trapped behind her desk always doing administration, Lynny’s goals are…

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Changing A Nation: One Child At A Time

Changing a Nation: One Child at a Time

Meet Naomy. With a gorgeous singing voice and bright smile, this intelligent, talented mother of two children - teenagers - has been our Program Director for almost three years now. She joined us from the collaborative organization, Chab Dai, where she spent four years serving as their Project Manager. Naomy is the oversight for Foster Care, Kinship Care, Emergency Care, Church Partnership, and ABLE Program. The main roles of her work include: management and making decisions for placements of children into families. She also works to train and develop the…

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Empowering Sustainable Families

Empowering Sustainable Families

As an organization, we want to work ourselves out of a job; at the very least, evolve with our approach. The needs of communities will change as Cambodia becomes more developed and families gain empowerment. To have true success, holistic needs must be met, both sustainable and long-term. If over 80% of children in orphanages have at least one living parent, two main conclusions can be drawn. One, it is unsafe for the child to live at home. Two, the family lacks the means to care for their child. CIF…

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Foster Care: A Mother’s Love For Pisey

Foster Care: A Mother’s Love for Pisey

Success of a program (foster care) is best measured over time, looking at long-term results. In the line of work we do, we get to meet a lot of great families. Some are exceptional.  Pisey's* family is one of those. As one of CIF's first families to foster and care for children, here is their story.    “He’s really tall,” our social worker told me, as we drove through the village to meet one of our foster children. I pictured a young man who was tall by Cambodian standards. As…

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Som At Video: Kinship

Som At Video: Kinship

Soon after her husband died of AIDS and their possessions were sold off, a desperate Som At felt there was no choice but to take her young children to an orphanage. It ripped her heart out to “trade” her children for $30 and a bag of rice. Thankfully at the last minute she changed her mind, taking her children and never looking back. Watch the video to find out how CIF stepped in and helped.   Follow the beautiful story of how kinship care empowered a family to stay together…

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