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.

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

Child Protection Week

Child Protection Week

LEGAL | SAFE CARE

Child Protection Week

Did you know that June is youth month in South Africa. So apart from that well received “day off” right in the middle of the month, this is actually a significant month for South Africa. The month of June is also kick started by Child Protection Week, 29 May – 5 June.

The history of Youth Day is now a well known fact. For those who are still not in the loop, have a look at a few YouTube videos or google it; in short, 16 June is about remembering the youth’s struggle for education in a time when South Africa was under the oppressive apartheid regime.

In recent years we have seen an increase in awareness for the safety of children. Child Protection Week highlights the plight of children in South Africa. As KIN Culture we boldly state that the safety of the nation’s children is imperative to our nation’s well being. Issues like child abuse and rape, to name a couple, are issues of national importance.

Join KIN Culture and our fellow organisations in campaigning for the safety of our children.

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)

 

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

Profit for Provision

Profit for Provision

CARE | KIN STORIES

Profit for Provision

Eighty percent of the world’s resources belong to twenty percent of the world’s people. Children still die of hunger. Families struggle to find shelter. Poverty is a way of life for many people. In other places excess food is thrown away. Piles of warm blankets lie in the cupboard of half empty upper class homes. A world where children are fed and families can sleep in a warm home is not a far off reality.
South Africa has adopted a model of economic empowerment to eradicate levels of injustice. This model, widely known as BEE, only benefits the elite and gives very little hope to the poor. Politicians have used this for personal gain. This injustice has left large portions of our population in the same poverty as before. However, this has left the door open for divine provision.
We can build a business model that will provide for and sustain the first village and every village to be built. KIN Culture Business will have an agricultural focus where produce will not only feed the village but it will operate as a commercial farm. Secondly, we will have location specific businesses such as a restaurant, deli, conference centre and a guesthouse that will belong to the village and be used to highlight the plight of our children. KIN Culture Business will also invest and create partnerships with established businesses. The profits of KIN Culture Business will now become the provision for every orphan and vulnerable child. One of our dreams would be to see these children go on and work for one of these businesses one day and impact the world.This is God’s kingdom at work. Profits won’t be used to fill greedy pockets, but to give children a bright future. The CEO and the cleaner won’t be working to only provide for themselves, but they will be working to create a better future for these children and for South Africa. Our profit is their provision.

* Photo kindly supplied by LIV Village

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