Learning To Stand On His Own Two Feet: A Day In The Life Of ABLE

Learning to stand on his own two feet: A day in the life of ABLE

The air is cool, much cooler than expected in July.  We are on a tuktuk, heading out to the Cambodian school of Prosthetics and Orthotics. We have a follow up appointment for one of our foster care children, Leak (pronounced Lay-ak). Like many of our foster care and kinship care cases, Leak has special needs, and is part of our ABLE program. ABLE (Accepted, Belonging Loved Empowered) is a broad-range, overarching program to assist children with special needs or chronic health issues. If a child is referred to CIF who…

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Celebrating ‘Anne With An E’ Part 3: Family- Based Care In Fiction

Celebrating ‘Anne with an E’ Part 3: Family- based care in Fiction

Myth #2: Kinship Care and Foster Care harm children. Hi, welcome back for Part 3 in our series on myths of orphan care in popular fiction. If you missed them, you can check out Part 1 and Part 2 on the blog. In our previous posts we discussed the way that our popular culture has embraced stories about orphans and how it shapes our attitudes and beliefs about vulnerable children. Today we’re looking at the second big myth: Kinship Care and Foster Care harm children. Kinship Care in Fiction When…

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Celebrating ‘Anne With An E’ Part 2: Resilience And Reintegration

Celebrating ‘Anne with an E’ Part 2: Resilience and Reintegration

Myth #1: Orphans are inherently resilient and institutionalised children can easily reintegrate into society. Last post we introduced the idea that orphans are a central part of Western popular culture.  If you missed it, you can find it here. We talked about how the words often used to talk about orphans evoke a strong sense of resilience. The resilient orphan. People love orphan characters because: They overcome lots of adversity. They are imperfect and need friends. They are brave and kind, resilient and decisive. They are gutsy despite their circumstances…

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Celebrating ‘Anne With An E’: Orphans In Popular Culture

Celebrating ‘Anne with an E’: Orphans in Popular Culture

Part One: An Introduction to Orphans in Popular Culture Ludwig Wittgenstein once said “The limits of my language are the limits of my world.”  Our language shapes our perceptions of what life is like, what our values are and the way we understand the world. The language we use matters. The way we tell stories matter. The way we discuss major issues matters. At Children in Families, we believe that how we respond to vulnerable children is shaped by the way we view vulnerable children. And how we view vulnerable…

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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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