The Child Reintegration Centre held an Attachment Theory workshop for newly reintegrated family units to help create a healthy relationship between the caregivers and children. The workshop curriculum focuses on the formation of secure attachment relationships, and teaches caregivers the "Three T's" of Time, Talk, Touch. Children need three things from their parents or caregivers: time spent together, talking together (not just to or at), and touch, like hugs and hand holding.
"I thank God and CRC for this great opportunity to learn today," parent Fatu said. "I am very happy my child is back home and staying with me. I will continue to love him, care for him, and comfort him. I will try hard to always remember the '3 T's' and put them in practice."
"Taking care of a child indeed is really challenging," parent Sao observed. "Especially those that have tasted the street for some period. But I am encouraging all caregivers to do all they can to see the success of these children. What we have learned today, let's try to put in practice and also to pass the knowledge to others."
Isha, a runaway who was reunited with her family, had this to say: "I thank God and the CRC for bringing me back to my family. I have been in the street for four months and life was not really pleasant. No food, shelter, clothes, or caring for me. But now I am back to school, attached back with my family and friend."
Helping Children Worldwide is grateful to be the recipient of a generous grant from the First Fruit Foundation which will allow the CRC to renovate a former dormitory to make it suitable for visiting case manager, social workers, and caregivers to attend family reintegration workshops. The grant also covers the development of curriculum to teach case managers Attachment Theory, microfinance instruction, and implementation of the Child Status Index.
Once trained, the CRC case managers will be empowered to teach these skills to caregivers in villages served by the CRC and Mercy. The CRC also plans to offer family strengthening workshops, which includes positive discipline and life skills. The updates to the dorms will make them comfortable for workshop participants to stay at the CRC overnight.
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