In October 2021, HCW and the CRC held the Rising Tides Family Reunification Workshop in Freetown, bringing together leaders from 50 child welfare agencies across Sierra Leone, as well as a delegation from Nigeria and one from Liberia. For five days, these leaders learned about the importance of children growing up in families, how to trace families, push and pull factors that drive or pull children into institutional care, and how to transition from orphanage to family care models. One of the most important outcomes of this week-long workshop was the creation of a network of organizations that continue to connect via WhatsApp, and through a variety of trainings offered by the CRC’s Transition Coaching and Mentoring Department.
In March of 2022, the CRC Team and HCW’s Emmanuel Mohamed Nabieu, hosted a Rising Tides Reunion luncheon in Freetown, bringing these leaders back together again to enjoy fellowship, reflect on the workshop experience and the key lessons learned, and to share updates on steps these organizations had taken toward shifting their model of care. Participants were encouraged to share honestly about the challenges they face, and to offer advice and support to one another.
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