Fostering Conference

Fostering Conference

FOSTERING

Fostering Conference

KIN Culture and Kibwe Kids would like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to attend our Fostering Conference that will be hosted on the 10th of March 2018 at Doxa Deo Langeberg Church in Durbanville, Western Cape.

This conference will cover topics such as:

  • The need for foster care in South Africa
  • The fostering screening process
  • The rights and responsibilities of foster parents
  • Blended families
  • Connecting with your foster child
  • How you can get involved

For more information or to register, visit our EVENTS page.

How to become a Safety/Foster Parent

How to become a Safety/Foster Parent

FOSTERING | LEGAL | SAFE CARE

How To Become A Safety/ Foster Parent

Safety & Foster Care Process

Kin Culture is a community built around caring for orphaned and vulnerable children. For many people making a difference or contributing to the cause of children in South Africa might seem like a far off dream. Kin Culture is creating opportunities for people to get involved in child care. One of the ways in which you can get involved is by signing up to become a prospective safety- or foster parent.

 Process for Prospective Safety or Foster Parent(s):

1. Apply for police clearance

a. You need R114 cash, ID, proof of address

b. Complete paperwork at SAPS office

c. Mail/Courier paperwork to Pta and back

2. Obtain a form 30 from your Designated Child Protection Organisation,

a. Send completed form 30 with certified copy of ID to National Child Protection Register in Pretoria

3. Decide whether you want to do safety or foster care.

4. Contact your Designated Child Protection Organisation for screening, home visit and report.

5. Once screened and cleared by your Designated Child Protection Organisation children can by placed in your care through the Children’s court.

Taking part in the future of children in South Africa can become a reality.

For more information or to get involved, contact our social worker at nandi@kinculture.org.

Being Mom

Being Mom

FOSTERING | KIN STORIES

Being Mom

We asked Kay Lorentz, the mother to our children, what it means to be a mom. Here goes:

“I think some of the biggest lessons I have learnt about being a mom and about what I need to do to be the best I can be is that I need to live my life from the seat of love and service.  Just as God’s mercy is new every morning and He is faithful always that I do not get weary in doing good.  Good in motherhood means service and that service is often sacrificial.  It also requires that I know when service must stop and I must be there for my child and that is a balance that is not always easy to get, but as I have grown I have realised what helps me get the balance right is to not fear man… yes, do not worry about what anyone but God and my husband thinks of my best.  That best may mean my house is a mess today, but that does not reflect on the state of my relationships with my children.  They come before service.

“I love the little people growing in my care now with all their gifts and talents.”

The other thing that has been very important for me is to accept each of my children as an individual  with a wealth of gifting to discover, they need shaping and development in these areas… but as I take time to get to know them they present themselves as amazing creative beings who have a gift to give the world.  This has meant to me that I allowed my kids to be “weird”  I let them have an opinion, chose what they want to wear, try and find out what their talents are before I impose my dreams on them.  This freedom to be you approach to my kids has helped them know what they like, what they want to do with life and present with surprises in their lives as they go far beyond what I had hoped and dreamed for them.

With the new little ones in my life now I am trying the same accept and discover strategy… I love the little people growing in my care now  with all their gifts and talents.”

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Getting Education Right

Getting Education Right

KIN STORIES | LEGAL | CARE

Getting Education Right

Freedom leaves us with a responsibility. The South African landscape has seen monumental changes over the last number of years. The future of a generation is cradled in what we do with our freedom. One of the pillars of society is education.

The right to learn, the responsibility to teach

  • Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.  
  • Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.  
  • Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.  

Article 26 – UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights

It is one thing to have the right to education. It is another thing to have the means to exercise that right. Many vulnerable children do not necessarily have the support structure of a functional family or nurturing community. Without this network of care and support, a young child will struggle to benefit from this basic human right.

In the light of Human Rights Day, it is important to also think about the responsibility we have towards these children.

 

If they have the right to learn, we have the responsibility to teach, and to do what we can to provide an environment within which they can benefit from their basic human right to education.

It is one of the hopes we have at KinCulture. To be able to provide a nurturing environment for vulnerable children where they have the support they need to benefit from their basic human rights, especially also their right to education.

Read more on how you can join is in taking up our responsibility to secure their rights.

Without this network of care and support, a young child will struggle to benefit from this basic human right.

Children’s Rights, Our Responsibility

Children’s Rights, Our Responsibility

CARE | LEGAL

Children’s Rights, Our Responsibility

Children are one of South Africa’s greatest commodities. If you have been anywhere outside of your house over the past few years you would know that a lot of the “big people talk” had something to do with politics, the petrol price, corruption and the state of our nation. What about the rights of our children?

According to section 28 of the constitution of South Africa, every child has the right:

  • to family care or parental care, or to appropriate alternative care when removed from the family environment;
  •  to basic nutrition, shelter, basic health care services and social services;
  • to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation;

(extract from LeadSA website , see their website for the full list)

These rights become our responsibility. Children should be nurtured in families; not left to their own devices. Basic nutrition should be normal. In many cases children from entire schools are receiving only one meal per day. The children aren’t fasting or catching the latest social media craze – this is all they have. Do we even look at the child’s right to be protected from abuse? The 7 o’clock news is enough to make you wonder at times.

KIN Culture believes that children  are filled with loads of potential. Our aim is to place every child in a home with a loving family. Receive basic care. Three meals a day, access to medical facilities and a community who believes in them is part of the KIN Culture DNA.

A bright future is held in the hands of our children.

 

KIN Care – Part 1

KIN Care – Part 1

FOSTERING | SAFE CARE

KIN Care – Part 1

South Africa has approximately 5.4 million orphaned and vulnerable children. The need is clear. KIN Culture exists to provide a sustainable, long term solution for our nation’s children. In our aspirations to move from a dream to a plan of action, we would like to ‘sketch’ some of the possible scenarios surrounding child care.

South Africa’s Children’s Act 38 of 2005 makes provision for the care of children under the following criteria:

1. Child and Youth Care Centres (CYCC)

The term CYCC is a broad term used for institutional centres that care for children and youth below the age of 18. These centres can range from baby havens, to places of safety and even juvenile detention centres. The traditional “children’s home” also falls under this classification.

2. Temporary Safe Care

This is when a person or married couple makes themselves available and register with their local Designated Child Protection Agency (DCPA) to open their home for the temporary safe care of children. Children are placed in temporary safe care for a three-month period, during this period the safety parent fulfils the full parental role of the child and the social worker must investigate the case of the child, to bring a suitable arrangement to the court within the three months of the placement.

3. Foster Care

Foster Care is when a person or married couple makes themselves available and register with their local Designated Child Protection Agency (DCPA) to open their home for the care of children for a period of two years.The social worker is responsible to support the foster parent for the duration of the placement and must also facilitate family visits throughout the period of placement, where possible.

4. Adoption

An adoptable child according to the Children’s Act is a child whose biological family have either passed away or have legally given up their parental right over the child. Such a child is then placed on the Register on Adoptable Children and Prospective Adoptive Parents (RACAP). An adoptive family is a family (single parent or married couple) who have be registered as an adoptive family by a local Designated Child Protection Agency (DCPA) and placed on the RACAP.

South Africa has approximately 5.4 million orphaned and vulnerable children. The need is clear.

Caring for South Africa’s orphaned and vulnerable children is a privilege. KIN Culture subscribes to a biblical worldview when it comes to children, meaning that we care for children from the understanding that God is a loving father who values these children.

Want to get involved? Join us at our upcoming KIN Care Info Evening on 6 September 2016 – email your name and cell number to info@kinculture.org

Get Involved with Kin Care

Get Involved with Kin Care

FOSTERING | KIN STORIES | SAFE CARE

Get Involved in KIN Care

Social responsibility has taken on a difference face in recent times. Donating old toys, cooking a meal or simply lending a helping hand has become very common in South Africa. That is a really good thing by the way.

KIN Culture aims to make long term difference to the face of South Africa. Consider a nation with 5 million orphans and an increasing amount of vulnerable children. In 15 years from now these children will be teenagers. Another 10 years down the line and these children will be the up and coming business people, government officials and members of society. Get the picture? We believe that it is in a nation’s best interest to look after it’s children. Join us as we gather around the problem and become part of the solution.

DO YOU WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

We would like to invite you to our KIN Care info evening.

An overview of the organisation, current status, parenting and care network opportunities within KIN Care will be discussed. RSVP with your name and cell number to info@kinculture.org

Kin Culture Welcomes the First Children

Kin Culture Welcomes the First Children

FOSTERING | SAFE CARE

Kin Culture Welcomes the First Children

June is an important month in South Africa. We just celebrated Youth Day on the 16th and also kicked off the month with ‘Child Protection Week’. At KIN Culture we also welcomed the first children into our new foster home. It seems to be a fitting way to end of the month of June.

The KIN Culture journey started about 3 years ago. Along the way we have been inspired, excited, in awe and amazed. As expected, the road has not been without its trials, valleys and disappointments, but welcoming the first child into KIN Culture is a moment we won’t forget.

It has been quite a processed to complete registration and to make sure we comply with regulation. The Child Protection Act has kept us on our toes and we are thankful for all your prayers, donations and for everyone who has walked with KIN Culture over the past few months and years. We have realised that every milestone and every moment of awe is a glimpse of God’s grace.

If you would like to get involved you can sign up to receive our newsletter,  go to the ‘Get Involved’ in the top right hand corner of our website, contact us on social media or info@kinculture.org

Family: The Role of the Father

Family: The Role of the Father

KIN STORIES | RESOURCES

Family: The Role of the Father

The important role of fathers in the family and the community can hardly be overemphasized. Regardless of the fact that many traditional familial norms are being questioned in our day – even uprooted – fathers remain an indisputably essential factor in the formation of a healthy society. In South Africa there is a growing need for exactly that – fathers who fulfill their role. We are fatherless nation.

Countless studies have shown the role that fathers play, firstly in the development of children, but also in the welfare of mothers. Children with fathers who are present are found to achieve better academically. According to Heartlines, “fatherless children are at a dramatically greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, suicide, poor educational performance, teen pregnancy, and criminality”.
For Christians the role of the father takes on even more significance. Jesus taught his disciples to address God as “Our Father” and in 1 John 3:3 the apostle writes:

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

KIN Culture aims at creating a community where children experience the role of fathers being actively fulfilled. God has adopted us, people who once were orphaned, and called us sons. Let us do the same.

God is the ultimate father and longs to embrace us as children. We should therefore recognize that a father is a child’s first experience of God. Fathers are one of God’s most overt representatives to in everyday society. They represent a crucial aspect of God’s relation to people – his fatherhood. He longs, like a good father, to give people identity, protection and provision. Our most basic understanding of these concepts is derived from knowing our (or at least an) earthly father. We are much more naturally capable of embracing God as ‘Father’, if we have living examples of fatherhood in our communities.

Statistically South Africa has one of the highest rates of father absence in the world. Only 38% of South African fathers live with their children (Statistics South Africa 2012). Many fathers are in jail or indifferent. For South Africans, it is important to understand that all men are fathers. Even men who do not have children have been found to play important roles in the lives of children. KIN Culture aims at creating a community where children experience the role of fathers being actively fulfilled. God has adopted us, people who once were orphaned, and called us sons. Let us do the same.

(Author: Otto Bam)

 

2015: Building the Future

2015: Building the Future

FOSTERING | KIN STORIES

2015: Building the Future

What would Christmas be without Boney M’s “Drummer Boy”? Some might remember this time of the year by the smell of suntan lotion and sand between the toes. And then we obviously remember the excitement of the gifts under the tree. While these are all ingredients of a memorable summer vacation, KIN Culture values Christmas as the time when we remember the birth of Jesus.

2015 seems to have flown by, it feels like the months were in a race to see who could get to December first. Unfortunately, we have to admit that it has been quite a while since the last time we spoke. Sorry. In the mean time we had an exciting Mandela Day out in Klapmuts during July and we used some of our pop-up shop momentum to our advantage at Kamers Vol Geskenke in Hermanus and Stellenbosch during September and October.

Furthermore, we built some important partnerships in the greater Winelands area with a number of businessmen and other organisations. In case you missed it, we have been renovating a home as we prepare for our first children. This is the same property which we are busy applying for rezoning as a possible option to pursue for the future.

Our various development teams have volunteered much time and effort to pioneer KIN Care, KIN Education and KIN Business, to mention a few. Thank you to each and everyone who has volunteered their expertise and lots of time to invest in the future of vulnerable children in South Africa. We ended off the year with one of our volunteers hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner in aide of this vision and a group of friends are currently traversing the mountains of Lesotho to create awareness for KIN Culture. Take a look at Lesotho Kingdom Traverse Follow their journey on instagram @grobler_basson.

And that was our year in a nutshell, a very small nutshell by the way. If you feel like you’ve missed something you should sign up to our newsletter on www.kinculture.org or join a thousand other people and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Even if it is the last thing we say this year, we would like to say, “Thank you!” Every prayer meeting, random Saturday working in the sun and email is your part in bringing a sustainable solution to the children of South Africa. Let’s keep doing this, together we can!

Healthy Communities, Healthy People

Healthy Communities, Healthy People

CARE | KIN STORIES

Healthy Communities, Healthy People

Healthy communities grow healthy people. Geographical communities, schools, churches, humanitarian causes and various other organisations are all distinguished by the kind of people they produce. At KIN Culture we believe that church should primarily operate as a community of people influencing communities and cultures.

Considering the scriptures, we see people in the New Testament who are fascinated by the beauty and holiness of God. A movement of people whose lives are connected to one another and to God. Everyone is unique. We all have different talents, abilities and passions. The beauty of community is found in our diversity of offerings. The heart of KIN Culture is to be this kind of community. We are connected to God, therefore we are connected to each other. As we bring our offerings to the table, God makes something beautiful of our lives.

The beauty of community is found in our diversity of offerings. The heart of KIN Culture is to be this kind of community.

Every child has a Father in heaven. At the village they will see what He is like. They will receive unconditional love. They will figure out what their talents are. We will nurture their abilities. Everyone will be able to pursue their passions. God will make something beautiful of their lives. This healthy community will be their home, where they can feel safe and valued.

Similar to New Testament times, KIN Culture will be a place where people are connected. Sharing meals, educating children, selling our produce, exploring our scriptures and contributing towards the greater good of communities around us will be our way of life. God’s kingdom could be a reality in our world.

* Photo kindly supplied by LIV Village

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