Foster Campaign

In Search of Quality Care–Foster Care Experiences
SOSCVZ compiled experiences of foster care givers in a national evaluation of foster care conducted in 2017. 
The study also sought to cover the information gap in foster care such as cultural perceptions and other barriers in fostering, reasons why people foster, support mechanisms in place to support fostering and views of caregivers and children in foster care. In Search of Quality Care will be availed in 2018 during the launch of the National Foster Care Handbook.

Government-Civil Society Cooperation 
In 2017, SOSCVZ continued collaborations with UNICEF, the Child Protection Society (CPS) and the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) in the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare (PSLSW).The partnership saw the finalization of the National Foster Care Handbook and the National Residential Care Standards. SOSCVZ contributed technical knowledge based on extensive knowledge of the United Nations Guidelines on Alternative Care. Working together, the partnership managed to kick-start the national foster care baseline held in 26 districts and in 10 provinces of the country. The study is to be concluded in 2018.

Promoting Foster Care
SOSCVZ developed a media campaign in partnership with DSW which was rolled out in the print and electronic media.
This included a six-week radio programme aired on Star FM. It provided an opportunity for the public to interact with the campaign partners and learn more on foster care. Social Workers from the DSW answered critical questions from the public on foster care which included how to foster, where to register as a foster parent, and the psycho-social benefits of fostering children.

Building Capacity
Work towards the establishment of a National Foster Care database saw consultative meetings held with the Ministry of PSLSW. The current database of vulnerable children does not include a foster care category. By the end of 2017 the process of collecting data on foster care children for the database had started and will continue until February 2018. Once complete, the database will enable information generation and automatic matching of children and caregivers, reminders when court orders are about to expire.

Youth Employability Campaign

In 2017, the SOSCVI Advocacy Now! Initiative held the inaugural Pan African Youth Employability (PAYE) conference in Addis Ababa. The conference brought together young people from across the continent to discuss the employability challenges facing young people leaving care. Speakers were drawn from Microsoft, Ethiopian Airlines, Aon Insurance, including acclaimed personalities such as Haile Gabre Selassie. In the follow up to PAYE, a national youth employability conference was held with over 65 residential care institutions countrywide represented. The conference provided an opportunity for residential care institutions, government and young people to share perspectives on youth employability and young people leaving care. There was a call for young people leaving care to have a representative voice through the creation of a national level network or association. SOSCVZ also documented the employability challenges of young people leaving care in a publication produced in 2017.



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