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
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 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.