You Know My Name: The Journey To Belonging

You know my name: the journey to belonging

Last month we introduced you to Courtney, one of our ABLE Technical advisers. This month she reflects on her experience of accompanying one of our ABLE children to  a medical appointment. We arrive at the hospital and wander around the massive grounds until we find the pediatric therapy center. Long is a high-energy 12 year-old that loves to play and explore new places. As we wait, his curiosity guides him to the green grass, thorn-covered flowers, and puddles of newly collected rain water. His mother is extra attentive, encouraging Long…

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Staff Retreat: Values, Ownership, And Why We Do It

Staff Retreat: Values, Ownership, and Why We Do It

What values guide us and our work? It’s a question that goes to the heart of an organization and its workers. And it is a question that the CIF staff got to ask themselves and each other recently. Last month we gathered as a whole-staff team for our annual retreat. This retreat was financed thanks to the money CIF received from the Stars Impact Award at the start of the year. This is the major time each year that staff from all three of our offices are able to come…

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A Chat With Courtney: How Occupational Therapy In Making A Difference In ABLE

A chat with Courtney: How Occupational Therapy in making a difference in ABLE

“So why did you end up volunteering for our ABLE program?” Courtney, the newest member of the ABLE team, pauses for a brief moment before she answers: “What impressed me most about the ABLE program was not only the excellence of the work they are doing, but their dedication to contextualize therapy and treatments for Cambodia, to have Khmer staff leading the program, and to incorporate the whole community into caring for these children.” She continues: “I am excited about the vision to see the children grow into adults that…

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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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