Our Story

OUR STORY

2006

2006

The vision of Children in Families began when our two founders, Keo Ravy (now our national director) and Cathleen Jones (now a board member) were comparing their experiences in looking after Cambodia’s orphaned and vulnerable children. Both women worked in orphanages in Cambodia. Both women realized there must be a better way to care for children who are orphaned and to care for families who have to give up their children due to socioeconomic difficulties.

2009

2009

After three years of research, learning about how to implement a foster care program, liasing with the relevant ministries and networking with others, Children in Families was registered as an NGO with the Ministry of the Interior and ready to care for children.

2009

2009

After creating the initial systems and policies, Ravy and Cathleen piloted emergency care and foster care with a small number of children and families.

2012

2012

Children in Families was ready to expand.

Project managers were hired to oversee our Foster Care, Kinship Care and Emergency Care projects.

Lisa, our Technical Adviser, arrived later that year and established the ABLE project.

2013

2013

The Church Partnerships project was started to provide support to both Children in Families and families in local communities.

2015

2015

OSCaR started as a project to improve our staff’s social work practice.

It rapidly grew as other organisations started using it to improve their case-management and record-keeping.

2016

2016

The Outreach project was started to help orphanages and other NGOs looking after children learn how to make the transition to family-based care.

2017

2017

Piloting began with the Rok Kern project, which is designed to help donors understand how they can support that transition too.

Late 2017

Late 2017

The final piece of the Children in Families care model was put in place as children were legally able to be adopted for the first time.

This completed the Children in Families foster-to-adopt model and ensures that children in our care are not only placed in loving families, but that the placement is permanent.  Children in our care now have the security to be loved, in a family, where they belong.

Children in Families now have workers in four provinces in the south-eastern part of Cambodia.

We are looking forward to working with more communities to see more children placed in loving families.

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