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Why We Decided to Transition from Residential to Family-based Care

The Child Rescue Centre became the first orphanage in Sierra Leone to fully transition from residential to family-based care. The decision to transition was made for many reasons, but the most unique reason is found in the story of Child Rescue Centre Director, Mohamed Nabieu. Nabieu, brought to the orphanage in 2000, and spent the majority of his childhood in the facility before returning as its Director. Following a 2016 directive from the Sierra Leonean government working with UNICEF for all orphanages to develop plans for deinstitutionalization. That ultimately led the Child Rescue Centre and Helping Children Worldwide to collaborate on a plan to close the residential centre and shift focus to family support. By the summer of 2018, they had successfully reintegrated the children into biological, kinship or foster care, closing the residential programme.

Laura Horvath, Mohamed Nabieu, Melody Curtiss
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