Organisation assists with adoption

2015-07-29 06:00



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CHILDREN’S Aid International Relief and Development (Caird), is a Canadian-founded initiative whose mission it is to place orphaned and abandoned children in two-parent, Christian homes.

“We have 4.3 million orphaned and abandoned children in South Africa of which a large percentage are from KwaZulu-Natal, yet couples wanting to adopt children are finding it difficult to do so,” said national­ director and founder of the organisation, Debbie West.

West went to Romania and was taken aback by the situation of orphans there. Caird was established and started its work there and is now an international organisation, West said.

“I have been involved with Caird for the past two years. Caird works with churches and the community and brings care and relief to families who are willing or want to take in children. At this point we are specifically working with African­ children,” West said.

One of the biggest challenges is to gain access to the children who need help. “Kinship fostering is popular all over world, meaning it is best for the child if he or she goes to a family, but if a family is only in it for the grant, is that what is best for the child. Is it not a better option to bring in a family who wants to raise children in a regular environment?”

Caird offers solutions and help. “We are not an orphanage and only act as an intermediary. Our motto is ‘one child is so much’, meaning each child requires unique care and sponsorship. Many people want to help, but can’t afford to, but their hearts are in the right place. We source two Christian parents in churches and the community and offer a support system to parents who will take in abandoned children, fostered or adopted. “We do our own screening and then refer to child welfare. The fostering or adoption will go through the proper channels of the South African government and we will never overstep boundaries.”

The commitment from Caird is long-term. “We want to see that the children raised through Caird give back and do what their parents have done for them. We take the families on camp and their ongoing support needs are met. A large incidental amount reaches one child at a time, and makes his or her life different. Hopefully if he or she grows up, they will make a difference. The community can assist by spreading the word and creating awareness. Also let them know of families who want to get involved, alert them about people in crisis situations with children who are hoping to give them a proper home. If you are willing to take in children, contact West at 073 792 7429

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