Homes and Shelters
The mother and child homes are one form of child welfare aimed at supporting parenthood and at helping families to find their own resources and strengths. A mother may enter the home while pregnant or with her baby, and the father can also stay there if necessary. Care is then planned according to the family’s needs. The home seeks to foster good child–parent bonding and to teach parents step by step how to cope with life and looking after their baby.
The shelters are service centres in which persons either suffering from or threatened with family violence can find help in overcoming a crisis. All the parties involved in the family violence situation receive attention, the primary objective being to safeguard the interests of the child at all times.
The shelters are on duty round the clock. The Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters opened its first shelter in 1979.
The community care services include
- Alvari family welfare in the client’s home
- A Baby blues service for exhausted families with babies
- Counselling and groups for abusive men
- Family groups
- An sos and counselling telephone service
- Discussion and action groups
- Kiddies’ clubs
- child contact centre
- Housing services
An agreement is made with the client’s local welfare of.ce on the charges for the mother and child homes and shelters. The community care services are financed partly by the Slot Machine Association.