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Millions of children around the world live in institutions – some of which expose them to abuse and enhanced risk of violence and some which simply cannot meet their needs. In recent years political influence and pressure has seen a shift in approach towards deinstitutionalization and care reform for young and vulnerable children. As a result of this, Kenya has enacted numerous legislative and policy changes that encourage family-based care.

We strongly believe that a family is the best place for a child and efforts are always made by us to enable a child to remain or return to their parents or close family member where it is safe and possible for them to do so. 

As part of Mama Kerry's Home Based Care Programme introduced in 2019 we implement family and community-based solutions for the reintegration of our children with their families (where it is appropriate and safe to do so)  providing  support and access to the essential services these children and their families need. 

After identifying a potential kinship carer, an intense enquiry and risk assessment is carried out by our social work team in partnership with the Children's Welfare Society of Kenya (CWSK) to assess the care and protection the carers are willing and able to provide. Depending on the outcome of that assessment, food packages and financial support can be offered to the carers to assist with educational fees, NHIF Health Care following the reintegration.

Once a child is placed within the Mama Kerry's Home Based Care Programme, we maintain contact with the child and regular assessments and follow-up visits are made and recorded.

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