”Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!Psalm 127:3-5
Biblical wisdom and academic evidence show there is nothing more significant to a child than the love of a family. This sense of belonging provides life-long hope, a rooted identity, and greatly improves a child’s development. At BTCM, our first priority is to keep children with family, whether that is biological parents or extended relatives (kinship care). You’ll find that 80% of children in orphanages worldwide have identified families. What often causes this separation in Mabaale is financial poverty, leading parents to seek other ways to provide materially for their children. Therefore, BTCM starts with identifying the root cause, or potential threat, of separation in a child’s family.
When a child enters our Family Restoration program, he or she receives an individualized care plan that is child-centered, but family focused. This plan is created to strengthen the family in order to prevent future separation and break cycles of despair. Family Restoration care plans can include financial support, education, mentoring from social workers, career planning and more.