Reconciliation is the third step of the 4-R program. At this point, the main aim is to ensure that every child who comes into our care especially in the TRH finds a place to call home. The major activities are Family Tracing, Reconciliation and Family Empowerment.
Family Tracing and Reconciliation:
From the moment the child trusts us enough to tell us their story, we begin to search for his/her family. Our goal is to see every child resettled into a safe and protective family environment. If a family member can be found, we work to reconcile the child back with their family and community.
If the child has no living family members, we then, through the network partnerships, search for a suitable organization or foster family that can take of him/her. All foster families are given support in the form of training, counseling, and some receive financial support to look after the children.
In order to achieve a sustainable resettlement plan for the children and families we manage to identify, Dwelling Places works to support the families of children through the implementation of a regionally modified model of the Family Empowerment and Preservation Program (FEPP).
This is mainly a street migration prevention strategy with activities that encourage especially mothers to engage in activities that would help assure the safety and care of their children. The program has a specific emphasis on skills development, responsible parenthood training, sustainable agricultural practices for food security, income generating activities, home visits, health, housing support, quarterly family support workshops and support towards the construction of shelters for specific families.
We also work to ensures that families are linked to existing Government Development Programs and to other organizations for further support. The FEPP serves as our exit strategy for families, as we hope to ensure that families are well connected with other mainstream social services.