Haiti Family Care Network - Resources
Through tools, publications, policy examples, and other information offered on the following topics, we strive to provide resources that will help improve the quality of care for children in Haiti and ensure that they have the opportunity to thrive in families. (Resources in Haitian Creole and French are included when available.)
We are working with organizations throughout Haiti to identify and develop resources on these topics. New resources will be added on a regular basis, so follow our social media and sign up for emails to receive notifications.
Please contact us if you have a publication, tool, or training that you would like to share!
Not all children can be reunited with their biological families – yet these children still have the right to grow up in a family environment. There are many family-based care alternatives, such as kinship placements, foster families, and local adoption. Find more information about these alternatives here.
child welfare systems in haiti/haitian governmental authorities
It is critical that organizations working to create change in Haiti (or any country) abide by national laws and strive to collaborate with local authorities. Learn about initiatives local authorities such as IBESR are taking, find resources about how to work alongside them, and inform yourself as well as others on the laws related to Child Protection in Haiti.
health and wellness
Accessing healthcare is a tremendous challenge in Haiti and lack of access to support for pregnant and new mothers, lack of malnutrition care and stigma around disabilities can all be drivers for relinquishment of a child to an orphanage. Unfortunately living in an orphanage can also produce health and wellness challenges such as increased vulnerability to abuse and depression.
organizational transition to family-based care
Family preservation and strengthening are impactful ways of protecting children and reinforcing communities. Whether you’re providing these services to prevent separation or to strengthen families following reunification, there are many different methods of reinforcing the family unit. Find out more about how to do so – using best practices – in this section.
Whether you are working with victims of human trafficking, involved with an orphanage, or working with children and families in any other capacity, these resources can help you understand the links between children’s institutions and human trafficking – as well as the safeguards your organization can put in place to help protect children from falling victim to trafficking.