Fostering a Culture of Foster Caring Among Refugees

CWS Indonesia | July 24, 2017

Good Parenting Workshop. Photo: CWS

As part of an ongoing effort to find suitable foster parents for unaccompanied and separated refugee children (UASC) in Jakarta, CWS recently hosted a one-day Good Parenting workshop for potential foster parents. Also joining the workshop were couples who are already foster parents as well as some of the children they have welcome into their homes. Additionally, the elected Refugee Representatives (RR) of the displaced families with whom CWS works in Jakarta as well as some CWS staff joined the workshop, which was held to share information about positive parenting and experience and learning among all participants.

“The workshop gave me assurance that I’ve been doing a good job as a foster parent. I also learned that abusive behavior towards children can be verbal, not just physical,” said Amal (not her real name), a 30-something foster mother. The workshop also highlighted the important role that Refugee Reps play in identifying potential foster parents among the refugees they know well.

The workshop, which took place during Ramadan, ended with some entertainment by the children who joined the day and then a meal to break the day’s fast.

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