Our objective is to raise awareness for families in community by providing quality emergency foster care to unrelated children, supported by well-trained social workers following base practice. We offer children and youth family-based care in a crisis.
One of M’lup Russey’s objectives is to provide children in crisis situations with a safe place to stay where they can be loved and receive high quality care by emergency foster parents who are supported by well-trained Social Workers. M’lup Russey’s emergency short-term foster care model was started in 2012, when families who could open their hearts and homes to welcome children and youth in crisis were recruited from local communities, churches and child protection networks. The recruitment process continues to be a rigorous process, involving application, review, assessment by Social Workers, as well as official registration with local authorities. Emergency Foster Care provides loving family-based care to children in a crisis situation, to prevent them from being placed into an orphanage as the first and only option.
M’lup Russey now has a number of families who can receive up to six children into their home for up to three months. These foster families are provided with training and counseling, and paid a small retainer in order to keep placements open for whenever they are needed. Children entering foster care are assigned a well-trained Social Worker, who uses case management procedures to reunite the child with their biological families or, when necessary, with a long-term Cambodian Foster Family.
This model is administered in collaboration with four other partner organizations: Children in Families, Mother’s Heart, First Step and Prison Fellowship. The partners work together to provide this short-term family-based solution to children and young people in a wide range of difficult circumstances, including children and young people leaving orphanages, children with disabilities, abandoned children, boys and girls leaving abusive situations, girls and young women with crisis pregnancies and children of incarcerated parents.
Welcome Packs are provided to children and young people when they leave an orphanage. It includes everything they will need for basic, everyday living, such as a mat, pillow, blanket, hammock, torch, soap, shampoo and comb, among other necessities. During their stay with the emergency short term foster families, we also support the children and young people with the materials and food they will need during their stay.
Children and youth leaving orphanages in an emergency situation are also provided with food packages, medical check-ups, and, if needed, school uniform and materials. M’lup Russey partners with professional therapists from the Ragamuffin Project and Indigo to provide careleavers with counseling services.
The Family Reunification programme reunifies children and young people who have left an orphanage with their birth parents or biological relatives. It is a collaboration between the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), the District and Provincial Social Affairs offices, CCWC, local authorities and NGO partners to ensure the placement sustainability, safety and schooling of the reunified children and young people. We undertake professional supervision, join case conferences and work according to agreed policies and protocols.