The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Mon­day, Septem­ber 26, 1966 — Find­ing homes for home­less chil­dren was spe­cialised work re­quir­ing trained and ex­pe­ri­enced work­ers, Mrs A Dods, chair­per­son of the Bu­l­awayo Child Fos­ter­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, said at the week­end.

It was not enough, said Mrs Dods, for a case worker to be a vol­un­teer with a ready smile on her face. Train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence were im­por­tant “if the worker is to know how to go about her work and what to look for.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion had so far this year dealt with 52 chil­dren, some need­ing tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion and oth­ers long-term homes. The num­ber was sim­i­lar to that in the past.

The chil­dren gen­er­ally fell within th­ese cat­e­gories: Those re­quir­ing emer­gency homes for per­haps a few weeks dur­ing their moth­ers’ ill­ness; those from in­sti­tu­tions who may be on hol­i­day; and those in need of long-term homes, for months or years, when they could not re­turn to their own homes for var­i­ous rea­sons.

Homes were also wanted for teenagers just begin­ning work away from their par­ents’ homes, said Mrs Dods.

Homes were found for chil­dren through pub­lic ap­peals, of­fers by the would-be fos­ter par­ents or by links with child wel­fare and other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Once a home was found it was in­ves­ti­gated by case work­ers.

The ideal, said Mrs Dods, was to find fos­ter par­ents with chil­dren of their own. Their chil­dren must be old enough not to com­pete with the fos­ter child.

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