Reintegrate


 

We believe the best place for a child to be is with his own family, as part of his community. Whenever possible we seek to return children to their families and offer what help is needed to equip the family to lovingly care for their child at home.

 

The purpose of the reintegration process is to reunite children with their families and restore the community around the family. From the moment a child arrives on our campus we begin the process of reintegration and this process continues throughout the life of a child until they reach the age of 18. Along with a good family, we also work to provide a good school, church, and community to surround each child.

 

The reintegration process follows five stages as the child and their family progress through our program.

 

Identify the Family (1 to 3 Months)

Our team works with each child to locate their family. We begin by trying to find the parents or home that the child came from, but sometimes this isn’t the best place for the child to be reintegrated. If a suitable home isn’t found, we work through the extended family looking for families that are ready, willing, and able to provide care and protection for the child.

 

Prepare the Family (1 to 3 Months)

Once a family has been found we assess the family to determine a plan to prepare the family. This may include family training, counseling, and/or financial assistance. In some cases, we prepare the family and the child for placement with short term weekend or week long visits.

 

Place the Child (1 Month)

Once the family and the child are ready, we place the child with the family. During the placement stage, we monitor the living situation closely with weekly visits to determine the progress of the placement. We also work to place the child in School, church, and other community activities.

Empower the Family (1 to 4 Years)

Once the child has been placed, we work to empower the family through family training, counseling, and follow up visits. In some cases short term financial or material assistance is provided as needed. The empowerment process is designed to produce an independent, healthy, and loving family that can sustain itself in the long term.

 

Release the Family (1 to 10 Years)

Once the family has been empowered and the child has stabilized at home, we begin the process of releasing the family. During the release process the financial assistance is no longer provided and the frequency of our followup visits are reduced. The goal of the release process is to let the family detach from our programs and services in a healthy way while still monitoring the status of the child.

 

Currently, Agape staff members are visiting over 700 children that have been reintegrated and over 80% of the children that get home, are staying home!