The steps – how we do it

Reintegration is not a simple process. It can take several months or years before a child’s case file is closed.

Reintegration processes are never the same because each child’s experience is unique.
Several parties are involved in the reintegration process:

  • the child (‘client’)
  • the parents or prospective carer of the child
  • OrphanCare’s social worker
  • OrphanCare’s counsellor (when necessary)
  • OrphanCare’s management
  • the institution’s management
  • the institution’s case manager
  • the institution’s counsellor  
  • other care providers (when necessary)
  • if relevant, the National Registration Department and the Department of Social Welfare
  • non-governmental organisations (NGO), civil institutions and corporations often play a role in sustaining families

House calls, reaching out with help

The reintegration procedure:

  1. The institution or orphanage refers a child (‘client’) to OrphanCare’s social worker for reintegration.
  2. The social worker visits the institution and starts a relationship with the client in order to assess if he or she is ‘ready’.
  3. The social worker makes an appointment to meet the client’s immediate family to get more  information.
  4. Once the client agrees to be reintegrated the social worker sets about identifying the needs of all parties and developing a ‘Care Plan’ with the client.
  5. The client may be referred for counselling after a case consultation with the counsellor and OrphanCare’s management.
  6. The social worker identifies needs of the client and family – financial assistance, groceries, school uniforms, job placement, housing issues, educational support, etc. – and studies ways to meet these needs.
  7. OrphanCare will solicit help from multiple sources – corporations, charitable organisations, NGOs, etc. The priority is sustaining the family unit into whose care the child is released.  
  8. Client is reintegrated into his or her family.
  9. An OrphanCare social worker will follow up and make regular Post Reintegration Care Plans.
  10. At the end of a determined period the social worker together with the counsellor and OrphanCare’s management evaluates the client’s status. If satisfied that client and family are doing well the social worker writes a final report and the case file is closed.