Fundacion Niños de los Andes, with the state’s proposals for child protection, has developed a model of phased care to serve the population that is subjected to work: boys, girls and adolescents that live in the street, with violated rights and in extreme poverty, acting under the principles of our founder’s SER philosophy and complying with the technical guidelines of the ICBF that guarantee the quality of the provision of services.
Phase I: Street Work and Rescue Patrols
It is developed through day and night tours in Bogota and Manizales, where groups of people that live in the street or with violated rights ate located and contacted, to whom we offer comprehensive outpatient health care services. These include psychosocial, social work, education, referrals to other services, guidance and entrance to the protection program and coverage of survival needs.
Phase II: Welcome and Adaptation
This phase takes place through institutional care. It corresponds to the process of adaptation to the institutional environment, standards, services, and therapeutic interventions of their case, giving them a family substitute care, access to education, initial assessments, case studies and the definition of their respective plan for individual intervention and if possible, family as well.
Phase III A: Preparation for the Real World
Children and adolescents should prepare to return to their families and society. To do so, they must have learned to live with love, to forgive, remember without pain, and to give without waiting to receive anything in return, which correspond to the three fundamental pillars in which the process of formation and transformation of our children is based on,
Phase III B: Life Project
Once the child has agreed to change and improve their living habits, their awareness process for building a better present and promising future begins. From Papa Jaime’s teachings, “Never, Never stop dreaming, put some wings on your imagination and landing gear to your dreams”, children and adolescents begin to plan their lives by directing their efforts to achieve their new goals that will enable them to find a new path in life towards their inner prosperity.
Phase IV: Follow-up
An accompaniment process is developed through home, work visits, psychological and social care, legal advice, connection with networks of special financial and material aids services, with the purpose of seeking a successful social inclusion process, reducing the risk of falling back into their original problematic situation.