1. What does reintegration mean for us?

Reintegration is the process of an individual finding back into a community, group or into a family after there has been a separation. We believe that what God has created and bound together should not be separated. The connection to one’s family is the most valuable foundation for becoming a successful and responsible member of society. Therefore, we are convinced of putting all our effort, patience and love into the reintegration process of our beneficiaries.

 

2. At which level do we start with reintegration?

After getting in contact with them and setting them on the right track again, we try our best to bring the wards closer to their family. Although we are aware that sometimes the wounds are deep and it takes time and a lot of power to overcome, we also wish the family to give their best to welcome and support the development of their wards. From the very beginning, we see it as one of the success factors to establish a frequent contact between the family, the child and the organization.


3. Why do we try to reintegrate the children?

Cultivating healthy social contacts is a core factor of a successful and happy life. Everyone who has the possibility of establishing a good relationship with his or her biological family therefore faces many advantages in life. Moreover, the wards need to know where to rely on in terms of assistance as the organization cannot serve them forever. This assistance is mainly about knowing that there is somebody who cares rather than financial means.

 

4. Are the parents supporting the organization?

Yes, they do; in the first place by the means of regular contact, exchange and cooperation. Additionally we enhance the participation and support of parents / relatives by signing a contract to seal their commitment to the organisation and their wards.

Sadly, in some cases the relatives retreat themselves and shift the responsibility for the ward completely to the organization, once it shows concern to support.

 

5. When can the relatives see their children?

In order to foster reintegration, our wards usually spend vacation time with their parents or guardians. Moreover, it is the right of parents to have access to their wards at any time they want and vice versa. Therefore, any visit at our Centre is welcomed and there are no limited visiting hours. Still, we appreciate a visit outside the morning classes. Unfortunately, due to the community’s culture of pointing fingers at parents being irresponsible, many feel reluctant to visit their wards at their temporary shelter.


6. What do we do to support the reintegration?

We try to trace the parents and extended families of the children from day one. We put effort into establishing a frequent contact between the wards and their families as well as the organization. We counsel wards as well as relatives and support every step that leads to a better relationship. Moreover, we accompany the crucial steps of integration into society as they are going to school or university and doing an


apprenticeship. Parents/guardians are advised to join their wards to the health centre when sick. Beneficiaries' parents/guardians are advised to attend PTA meetings of their wards, too.


7. What challenges of reintegration do we have?

The reasons for children separating from their families and needing to be reintegrated are various. Some could be the following: teenage parents, parents on drugs, parents who poorly plan the number of children they can care for, parents who are jobless, illiterate parents or broken homes (situations where the responsibility is left on one parent). Thus, the circumstances and experiences that go along with reintegration differ a lot. Generally spoken, reintegration often depends a lot on the effort the families and their wards are willing to put into it. There are of course cases, where the wounds are too deep and it cannot be forced. Then we rather check alternative options.