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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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A Case Management System – What’s That?

A Case Management System – What’s That?

The Case Management System Last week we linked to a post from M’lop Tapang about a trip some of our staff made to Sihanoukville. Our CMS team went to deliver six laptop computers, and begin the process of helping the M’lop Tapang Social Workers migrate their work flow to the CIF Case Management System. Back in December we posted a short note about the beginnings of the Case Management System, and promised an update. Well, this is that update!  …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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