WHAT WE DO

About us and our work for the children of Johannesburg

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Jo’burg Child Welfare (JCW) is a non-profit organisation (NPO) founded in 1909. We provide a range of direct services to abused, abandoned, neglected, orphaned and vulnerable children (including those who are infected or have been affected by HIV and AIDS in the greater Johannesburg area). We pride ourselves on the fact that we are one of the oldest NPO’s in South Africa. We recently celebrated 109 years of service to children in need, their families and the wider community.

Our vision is of a society where children can grow up strong, safe and happy, where parents and caregivers can create the best possible family setting, so that no child suffers. Jo’burg Child Welfare has played a pivotal role in child care and protection strategies across the country. Nationally we advise on legislation to protect children, and through advocacy work we ensure children have a voice to influence services which affect them.

OUR CENTRES

Over the last 100 years our centres have developed to meet the varying needs of the communities in which we work

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MASIBAMBISANE ORPHANED AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN CENTRE

Masibambisane Day Care Centre was established in 2003. The Centre is well placed for the neighbouring informal settlements of Kliptown, Mandela Square and Slovo Park and 80% of the beneficiaries live in these settlements.

The Centre provides psychosocial support, material assistance, bereavement and general counselling to children between the ages of 2 and 18 years and to their caregivers.

Outreach programmes are also facilitated at schools, churches and community-based organisations.

The translation of Masibambisane is “Let’s Pull Together” and is based on a service model of:
Retain orphans in their community of origin by enabling them to continue functioning as a family unit.

OTHANDWENI FAMILY CARE CENTRE

Othandweni, which means “Place of Love”, is situated in Mofolo South, Soweto and offers residential care for children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. The Centre was established in 1984 and caters for 90 children from the ages of birth to 18 years. The Centre also has limited space available for destitute mothers or pregnant women who are contemplating the futures of their unborn children.

Othandweni acts as a place of safety where children are placed until suitable families have been found, either by our Adoptions or Foster Care Departments. Those children who cannot be immediately placed stay at Othandweni for as long as is necessary. There is a great need for facilities such as Othandweni as incidences of child abandonment, abuse and neglect are increasing. In addition, we are now faced with a growing number of AIDS orphans and HIV+ babies in need of shelter and special care.

PRINCESS ALICE ADOPTION HOME

The Princess Alice Adoption Home (PAAH) is a place of safety and the first loving home for many Johannesburg area babies who have been abandoned, consented for adoption or orphaned. The babies in our care range in age from new-born to two years. All of their physical and emotional needs are provided for until they are adopted, fostered or, as a very last resort, transferred to another child-care facility. Today our primary service is to act as a place of safety to 30 babies (at any given time) as the Home received an upgrade of capacity from 25 babies to 30 in April 2008.

PAAH also provides a safe haven for pregnant young women who are experiencing crises or destitution. During their stay, they receive counselling from JCW social workers. PAAH provides full accommodation, ensures that they receive appropriate pre- and antenatal care, and supports them throughout the birth experience.

View their website here.

Follow them on their dedicated Facebook page here.

THEMBALETHU LIFE SKILLS AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT CENTRE

Established in 1994, Thembalethu (isiZulu for “our hope”) is a centre situated in Johannesburg’s inner city area that provides multi-faceted services to the community.

The staff at Thembalethu trains women in various skills to enable them to become economically active in society. These women are provided with training and guidance in areas such as life skills, beauty and nail care, business skills, as well as HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and parenting skills.

In addition, Thembalethu serves as a drop-in centre for young, destitute women living on the streets. While Thembalethu itself is not equipped to cope with these women, workers ensure that these women are referred to shelters that are better able to meet their specific needs.

OUR SERVICES

 ways in which we care and help are many

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CHILD AND FAMILY UNIT (CFU)

CFU is the first point of entry into the organisation. This unit deals with children from birth to 12 years at intake level.

ADOPTIONS

The Adoption team is a specialised team dedicated to the permanent placement of abandoned babies and children and those for whom consent for adoption has been given.

FOSTER CARE AND REUNIFICATION SERVICES

The Foster Care Department is responsible for recruitment, screening and training foster parents as well as the supervision and monitoring of foster care placements.

CHILD ABUSE TREATMENT AND TRAINING SERVICES (CATTS)

CATTS treatment offers a holistic, comprehensive and specialised therapeutic service to child survivors of sexual abuse and their families.

AGANANG TRAINING CENTRE

Jo’burg Child Welfare initiated the establishment of a training centre for the training of social auxiliary workers.

ADVOCACY

Grass roots advocacy involves empowerment of those affected by a given social ill.

At Jo’burg Child Welfare, we are committed to widening our reach to needy children and their families and by further adding value to their quality of life.

We provide a range of direct services to abused, abandoned, neglected, orphaned and vulnerable children (including those who are infected or have been affected by HIV and AIDS) in the Greater Johannesburg area of South Africa.

Child and Family Unit (CFU)

CFU is the first point of entry into the organisation. This unit deals with children from birth to 12 years at intake level. This is the biggest section of JCW have 3 statutory teams who render services to abandoned, neglected, abused children and in terms of the Children’s Act. The Child and Family Unit have a specialist Adoption team who deal with National and Inter country Adoption services

Adoptions

The Adoption team is a specialised team dedicated to the permanent placement of abandoned babies and children and those for whom consent for adoption has been given. Our Adoptions team work hard to place those children eligible for adoption.

Social workers in the adoption team are responsible for counselling pregnant women who may be considering giving up their unborn children for adoption. Temporary or permanent placement of the child is arranged where necessary.

Our policy is ideally to find suitable adoptive parents within South Africa, but should no such family be available, applicants from Botswana, Finland or Belgium are considered. International adopters undergo stringent tests and are expected to learn about the child’s culture, language and the history of the country.

Child Abuse Treatment and Training Services (CATTS)

CATTS treatment offers a holistic, comprehensive and specialised therapeutic service to child survivors of sexual abuse and their families. Where statutory intervention is required, such services are also provided. Therapeutic intervention is also offered to adult survivors of sexual abuse. The CATTS treatment programme offers medium to long-term therapy to both children and families. The programme includes thorough assessment of victims, home visits, family therapy, and case conferences in collaboration with psychologists and professional consultants, with the exception of individual therapy.

Foster Care and Reunification Services

The Foster Care Department is responsible for recruitment, screening and training foster parents as well as the supervision and monitoring of foster care placements.

The Recruitment and Screening Section is responsible for recruitment and screening of new prospective foster parents in order to determine their suitability to care for children. The Supervision and Monitoring Section is responsible for supervising and monitoring of foster care placements and to render reconstruction services to the biological parents of the children for reunification to take place.

Aganang Training Centre

Jo’burg Child Welfare initiated the establishment of a training centre for the training of social auxiliary workers. This was due to the shortage of social workers in South Africa, which placed severe strain on the state’s ability to respond to the rising needs of children orphaned and those made vulnerable as a result of the HIV/Aids pandemic.

An added dimension is the strengthening of the communities we serve by providing learnerships to caregivers and volunteers who work with community-based organisations (CBOs). In this way communities will be strengthened and capacity building will also be promoted.

Advocacy

Advocacy is about influencing the course of the decision-making process and about empowerment. Through the work of our advocacy program, we aim to give children a voice. The department plays an active role in the law and policy making process, serves on various forums and collaborates with other organisations to expedite the realisation of the rights of children. The department also focuses on capacity building and child participation. Those served by JCW are among the most vulnerable of children and it is integral that their interests are represented at the highest level. That being said, the children themselves must also be given a sense of agency. Both of these are the aim of the advocacy department.

OUR SERVICES IN ACTION

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ANNUAL REPORTS

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JHB Child Welfare Annual Report 2019-2020
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2018 / 2019
JHB Child Welfare Annual Report Final
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2018
JHB CHILD WELFARE Annual Report FINAL LORES
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2017
JHB Child Welfare Annual Report LORES
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2015 / 2016
JHB Child Welfare Annual Report
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2015
JHB Child Welfare Annual Report
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2013 / 2014
JHB Child Welfare Annual Report
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OUR PEOPLE

These are the ones behind the scenes who make it all possible

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OUR MANAGEMENT

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Margot Davids
CEO of Joburg Child Welfare
Carol Bews
Assistant Director
Emily Teffo
Assistant Director
Patience Bukula
Human Resources Manager
Sophie Lefela
Administration and Finance Manager
Themba Mondli
Administration Manager
Lebogang Maribe
Manager Of Foster Care And Reunification Services
Sebolelo Tseeke
Child Abuse And Treatment Services Manager
Lowina Fourie
Child and Family Unit Manager
Jo Anne Schermeier
Princess Alice Adoption Home Manager
Mahlako Kotsi
Manager Of Masibambisane Orphaned and Vulnerable Children's Centre
Phineas Phiti
Othandweni Family Centre Manager

OUR TEAM

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Human Resources Team
Marketing, Fundraising and Communications Team
Aganang Training Centre Team
Administration Team
Finance Team
Foster Care And Reunification Services Team
Child Abuse Treatment and Training Services Team
Child and Family Unit Team
Masibambisane Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Centre Team
Othandweni Family Care Centre Team
Thembalethu Life Skills And Economic Empowerment Team
Princess Alice Adoption Home