The vision of Children in Families began when our two founders, Keo Ravy (now our national director) and Cathleen Jones (now a board member) were comparing their experiences in looking after Cambodia’s orphaned and vulnerable children. Both women worked in orphanages in Cambodia. Both women realized there must be a better way to care for children who are orphaned and to care for families who have to give up their children due to socioeconomic difficulties.
After three years of research, learning about how to implement a foster care program, liasing with the relevant ministries and networking with others, Children in Families was registered as an NGO with the Ministry of the Interior and ready to care for children.
The Church Partnerships project was started to provide support to both Children in Families and families in local communities.
OSCaR started as a project to improve our staff’s social work practice.
It rapidly grew as other organisations started using it to improve their case-management and record-keeping.
The final piece of the Children in Families care model was put in place as children were legally able to be adopted for the first time.
This completed the Children in Families foster-to-adopt model and ensures that children in our care are not only placed in loving families, but that the placement is permanent. Children in our care now have the security to be loved, in a family, where they belong.
Children in Families now have workers in four provinces in the south-eastern part of Cambodia.
We are looking forward to working with more communities to see more children placed in loving families.