A Daily Struggle.
Burmese migrant families come to Thailand because it is better for them than living inside Burma. Still many struggle every day to provide enough food for their families. They face oppression from landlords, police, loan sharks and anyone else looking to exploit the vulnerable. Sometimes a family feels desperate and unable to care for its children. While taking in these kids may seem like a helpful solution, in the long run, it is not.
It’s about Family
A healthy, supportive family reduces a child’s risk of abuse, trafficking, and exploitation. It is the foundation for a safe and stable society, and children need the permanent love, care, and protection of a family to grow into healthy, productive adults. Poverty should never be a reason to break up a family, which is why we are working so hard to keep families together. While we recognize that in extreme cases, and only when all other options have been exhausted, there may remain limited justification for residential care, we feel very strongly that even the best institutional care can never replace what family and community offer to a child.
Families desperately want to raise their own children. By walking alongside a struggling family, providing a little extra support and education, parents begin to realize it is possible. Our community team meets with families at risk on a regular basis to encourage and empower them to stay together.
If a family is not a safe place for a child due to abuse or other risks, our team seeks out extended family members who could provide a safe, healthy home for the child. We also recruit strong, loving foster families for those who have no family options.
Keeping Families Whole
Sometimes fear and desperation can overwhelm a new parent when faced with another mouth to feed. When a mother in one of the slum communities or at the local clinic indicates a desire to abandon her newborn for those reasons, our team encourages her to keep her child and offers ongoing practical support as needed. In some situations, all that is needed is temporary food or rent assistance. In every case, frequent visits and emotional support go a long way towards showing the mother that she is strong enough to make it, and that we will be there to support her along the way.