Foster Care Month Initiative Launched In Accra

The Ghana Without Orphans (GWO), a Christian movement and an offshoot of World Without Orphans has officially launched the ‘Foster Care Month’ in Accra.Foster Care Month is an initiative designed to create public awareness and mobilize churches nationwide to celebrate and honour foster parents.

According to GWO, the month of March every year has been chosen to give fostered children the opportunity to share their story and show their gratitude to their fostered parents; and as well encourage local families to adopt and integrate orphaned and abandoned children in their communities.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Fred Sakyi Boafo, the Deputy Director and Head of Family Welfare Unit, Department of Social Development, said child protection sought to guarantee the rights of all children to a life free from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect.He explained that child protection system comprised of laws and policies, programmes, services, practices and structures designed to promote the wellbeing of children by ensuring their safety and protection from harm; achieving permanency and strengthening families to care for their children successfully.He observed that families, communities, civil society, government and private organisations were all actors engaged in child protection.

He said the effectiveness of child protection depended on elements such as appropriate policies, legislation and regulations, supportive social norms, efficient fiscal management and sufficient resource allocation.

Reverend George Abaidoo, the National Coordinator for GWO in a presentation, said the initiative would mobilise 5,000 foster parents, 8,000 foster children, 5,000 adults who went through foster/ orphanhood, 5,000 local churches, NGOs and corporate bodies to inspire them to celebrate and appreciate Foster Parents.

He said among its objectives was to lobby government to officially recognise and nationalise the Month of March as Foster Care Awareness, to mobilize educational scholarships, national health and basic needs such as clothes, shoes and the like through churches and other stakeholders.

The rest are; to offer hope to parentless children through sharing message of love and grace and the Fatherhood of God, as well as to mobilize local companies, organisations, and philanthropists to sponsor foster families and programs of GWO.

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