CRC Transition Coaching and Mentoring Department staff David Musa and Yatta Palmer, along with Director Olivia Fonnie traveled to Freetown to meet with the Bishop and some UMC SLAC officials in March. The purpose of the meeting was to provide the Bishop and his staff insight into the TCM and its activities; pointing out its successes and challenges. The CRC team was also able to offer feedback to the UMC SLAC on how they as the supervisory body can play active role in joining the TCM in order to engage government ministries and policy makers to support the the efforts of TCM to help orphanages and child care institutions to learn how to reintegrate children back into families, and strengthen those families to care well for them, and also strengthen their relationship with the CRC and other child protection agencies within Sierra Leone and its sub regions.
The CRC team made several presentations to the UMC SLAC. The Bishop and Board members were impressed and expressed active interest in the work of TCM and pledged their support in working with the government and other child protection organizations to support the TCM’s work in Sierra Leone to fully embrace and advocate for family based care and family reunification programs.
A follow up meeting was scheduled with the UMC SLAC to discuss plans to have the CRC and top government officials meet to discuss and strengthen their relationship with the TCM and how other child protection organizations running typical orphanages could be link to the TCM with proper monitoring of their progress in the transitioning phase.
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