Families

Children supported within their family

Chance for Children strives to reintegrate street-connected children back into their families or with other caretakers when possible.

In order to determine the best interests of a child we analyze the cause of the child leaving the home and the possibilities of solving that situation while ensuring the well-being and safe environment of the child. For instance, if economic poverty was the only reason that led to an escape to the streets, we can provide the family with support for school expenses or to boost a small family business that may benefit the family as a whole.

When it is not possible to reintegrate a child into his/ her original family, we search for an alternative solution. This can include welcoming a child into one of our homes, referring them to another NGO or finding them a foster family. In each case, the Department of Social Welfare is involved in the discussion process and makes the final decision.

Prevention

As of 2020 we are also supporting children who are inclined to leave their families and run to the streets. We are strengthening the children themselves, their families and the communities they are living in through workshops, guidance and financial support. It is of great importance to us to harness resources and connect families and communities to different stakeholders.

Our results in 2020*

  • 39 children stayed with their families

  • 46 families were supported through workshops and follow-ups

  • 33 children completed the school year

  • 4 children completed senior high school

  • 3 children completed apprenticeship

CFC’s work has been impacted by the measures the Ghanaian government introduced to contain COVID-19. Our street workers had to cease their activities and the drop-in center was closed between March and September 2020.

CFC instantly responded with a customized approach to this complex situation in-line with official advice and without jeopardizing children’s safety.

The 2020 results reflect these unprecedented times in scale, impact and the restriction of our activities.