The Children's Home
Our mission is to provide loving, Christian nurture to needy and disadvantaged children of all races and religions so as to prepare them to be happy and responsible members of their family and community. The main Residential Home works to achieve this in 3 ways:
We provide the children with shelter, care and protection. The Children's Home has a playground, a kitchen, a dining hall, a chapel, a large multipurpose hall and six houses where the children sleep (3 for the girls & 3 for the boys). The children live in the Home but they go to their former schools during the week. Our residential care and support staff ensure that they are protected, cared for and provided with everything they need 24 hours a day in the Home.
We try to heal and develop the children. Many of the children are angry, ashamed, traumatised or dysfunctional due to their past experiences or family backgrounds. Some are so hurt, that they cannot self-regulate or understand their emotions. Our staff therefore practice Trauma Informed Care (a care structure that recognises & seeks to heal children suffering from trauma); the most traumatised children are given professional counselling and therapy; our education manager monitors the academic progress of the children and recommends extra tuition when needed; our chaplain counsels and teaches the children about Jesus and Christian values; and our partners, sponsors and volunteers provide support, friendship and enrichment programmes to inspire the children and develop their interests, talents and self-confidence.
We try to reunite the children back into their families as soon and safely as possible. Most of the boys and girls want to go back to their parents and CSLMCH believes that children are always better off living with their families than in a Children's Home. So our social workers help their families to solve their problems and encourage them to see their children as often as possible. And when the parents (or other family members) are able to care for them again, the children are discharged from the Children's Home and monitored for 2 years afterwards to ensure that the reunification process is safe and successful. Children who cannot be reunited with their families can stay in the Children's Home until they are 21 years old and have finished school, started working or gone into National Service or they can be put up for fostering.