Southern Africa Orphan Summit

Starts:
  Wednesday, June 10, 2015
  12:00 am
 
Ends: Friday, June 12, 2015 12:00 am  

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SAOS 2015 Hosted by Together Africa Without Orphans-(TAWO)

The Summit inspires and equips Christians to care for orphans with wisdom-guided love.  Last year’s summit drew 250 foster and adoptive parents, orphan advocates, pastors and leaders from 20 countries. Together, we explored effective foster care, adoption, family preservation and global orphan ministry.  SAOS2015 will include unforgettable plenary sessions with top national and global speakers, stirring music, more than 40 workshops, and an array of one-of-a-kind experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Join both laypeople and leaders from across Africa and around the world at Emperor’s Palace, June 10-12, 2015.


There are an estimated 151 million children worldwide who have lost either one or both parents, with at least 13 million of these children having lost both parents ¹. African children continue to bear the brunt of the situation due to the HIV and AIDS epidemic, poverty and livelihood insecurities and it is predicted that the situation will get worse.

Statements contained in the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, endorsed in conventions and instruments of the Organization of African Unity, the OAU Heads of State and Government’s Declaration on the Rights and Welfare of the African Childas well as the United Nations, in particular the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child enforce that “Every child shall be entitled to the enjoyment of parental care and protection and shall, whenever possible, have the right to reside with his or her parents”.¹Achild who is parentless, or who is temporarily or permanently deprived of his or her family environment, or who in his or her best interest cannot be brought up or allowed to remain in that environment shall be provided with alternative family care, which could include, among others, foster placement, or placement in suitable institutions for the care of children and shall take all necessary measures to trace and re-unite children with parents”.²

Despite the focus on the best care option for orphaned and vulnerable children being a family unit, many children are still deprived of this right as well-meaning international and local organizations have over the past decades provided care for orphaned and vulnerable children in institutions. Regrettably this has been done with little understanding and foresight of the negative long term effects of institutional care on children. Studies and research has proven that children in institutional care rarely leaves the system unscathed, present with bonding and attachment disorders, inadequate social and emotional development³ and are alienated from their peers and communities when they leave care. 


Date And Venue

The congress will take place at Emperors Palace from 10-12 June 2015.

The Topics Of Discussion

  1. Alternative Care: What is the best care option for children?
    What does the term “Deinstitutionalization” mean?
    What is the role of Institutions?
    Voices from the past – First-hand experienced from adults that grew up in the various care models
    Bonding and attachment
    The second insult – care leavers

  2. How do we implement family care?
    From Temporary care to Family Care
    Foster Care
    Adoption
    Place of Safety families
    Community care models
    Other models – street children, children with disabilities, independent living

  3. How do we ensure that children are protected in Family care?
    Financial, psycho-social and technology support
    Child Protective Behaviour
    Formal and informal Child Protection systems

With interactive Dialogues, led by communication specialists, we will be guided on how we communicate with each other and how we communicate with communities regarding Family care.

Outcomes Of The Conference

The conference aims to achieve the following:

  • Stakeholders have knowledge and understanding of the role of institutions and the Implementation of family care
  • A Network of implementing organizations is formed to lobby an advocate for family care and continue to share knowledge and experience through dissemination of information on the Network website
  • Conference statements and declarations are documented and handed to the AU and the African Council of Churches

Official Language

The official language of the conference will be in English.

Who Should Attend

The conference will provide a forum for

  • NGO’s
  • Churches
  • TAWO (Together Africa withouNetwork PartnersOrganizations involved in Child Care Systems
  • Government Departments
  • Child Protection Organizations
  • Foster Care Organizations
  • International Child care Organizations

to discuss ideas and issues pertaining to

  • Child Care Systems
  • Pre care options
  • Post care process

and to reach a way forward in terms of

  • Implementation of care systems for children in need
  • Linking policy with ground level

General Information

Registration Fee : R2,500 per delegate

Early Bird Fee : R1,500 per delegate - closing date Friday, 27 March 2015

(if you would like to make a group booking after this closing date, please contact us for reduced rate)

Daily Catering will include tea/coffee refreshment breaks morning and afternoon and lunch.

A conference bag and programme booklet will be provided and the conference report will be posted on the website after the event. A link on the website will be utilized where all conference material can be accessed.

NO accommodation / travel included in conference fees.

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