Continuing Operation of Foster Care and Domestic Adoption Services
This project aims to ensure that surrendered and abandoned children enjoy their right to quality alternative family care services through foster care and adoption.
Every year, more and more single mothers who are incapable of bringing up young children by themselves find inadequate or no support at all from their families. On one hand, the Philippine government continues to fail in adequately providing support to these single mothers living without financial support and to poverty-stricken families. These resulted to an increasing number of children who are being surrendered, abandoned and neglected.
Institutionalization and placement in orphanages are considered only as a place for temporary care during the period when children’s cases are studied and until such time that decision to either return them to their families or placed for adoption is made. There are only two (2) specific instances that merit the immediate removal a child from the family. One is abuse by a family member (either sexual and/or physical abuse) and non-location of family members. If adoption is not possible, it is in the best interest of children that they are placed in long term foster care, and for older children to a program on Independent Living and Educational Assistance.
Foster care and adoption are the most appropriate alternatives for surrendered and abandoned young children to gain access to resources for shelter and education. Most importantly, these placements secure in the short-term or long-term, a stable family environment that support the rearing of young children. However, through the years, the number of prospective adoptive and foster families who are willing to take the responsibility of providing home care to these children is not increasing proportionately with and is not enough to match the number of children needing temporary foster care or adoption. This could be attributed to the inadequate information and advocacy on adoption and foster care and the lack of direct service agencies who are implementing programs in this area.
Kaisahang Buhay Foundation, Inc.
Kaisahang Buhay Foundation (KBF) is the only NGO in the Philippines which is licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to facilitate the placement of surrendered and abandoned children for domestic adoption and foster care services. One of KBF's most significant achievements in the promotion of the rights of children deprived of a family environment is in its lobbying and policy advocacy work, which contributed to the enactment of the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998. It is the only licensed and accredited NGO to place children for domestic adoption. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) accorded KBF the Best NGO Award in 2002.