Research shows that when residential children's programs provide ample opportunities for families and children to spend time together prior to reunification, the transition to living together and the reintegration of the child into the community is much more successful.
Efforts to increase interaction between residential children and their 'forever families' have recently stepped up a notch at the CRC. Beginning in May, parents/future caregivers of the children have been invited to participate in two regularly scheduled CRC activities each month (such as Family Fun Time, Sports, or Game Night for example). On Wednesday, May 31, family members attended the CRC's regular Wednesday devotions. "It was so wonderful to see children and their families attending our Wednesday devotions. They are all happy that they will be going to see their families and friends around time as planned," said Director Mohamed Nabieu. "Children, families and staff members were all hugging and getting to know each other."