HOME FROM HOME
Home from Home provides supported and supervised foster care for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children in small family homes of no more than six children, in their own communities.
Eddie is four years old. Born to a mom who couldn’t care for him, she put him in the care of an informal ‘caregiver’ when he was less than a year old. He was one of nine children living with this lady, in two shacks which were attached to the house she lived in. The shacks were filthy, unsafe, unhygienic and cold. When Eddie and the other children came to the attention of social workers, he was removed immediately because of concerns for his health and safety- they thought he might die if he was left there any longer. He was taken to go and live in a baby sanctuary where he remained for several months.
Though he is four years old, he is the size of a two-and-a-half-year-old, as his growth was stunted due to malnutrition. He is HIV+ and his health had been compromised as he hadn’t been consistently kept on anti-retroviral medication and taken to the clinic for check-ups.
Eddie’s mother had no interest in him and hadn’t visited him regularly over the years. When she did eventually visit the sanctuary he’d been moved to, it was clear that she was only there to see if there was a handout. She had no real interest in him. More concerning was the change in Eddie, who’d opened up and become engaging, lively and chatty. Once he saw his mom, Eddie became very anxious and withdrawn.
After three months at the baby sanctuary a place was found at one of our Home from Home’s with a foster mom and dad. Before he was placed, his new foster parents visited him several times and got to know him. The baby sanctuary kept photos of his new foster parents so he would be familiarized with his new family by the time he came home.
On the day he went to court for the hearing to be placed in his new foster parents care, he ran straight up to his new mom and sat on her lap throughout the entire proceedings. He has settled so well into his new home, where he has a new foster brother also aged four and sister aged 21 months. We are so glad to be able to offer Eddie the chance of a new beginning in a loving family.
StreetSmart Stellenbosch has contributed R80,000 to Home from Home in Kayamandi & Cloetesville, towards a social worker salary.