None of the children whose faces you see have been trafficked or in our care.

SHE Rescue

Reintergration

We recognize the importance and benefits of children maintaining health connections with their families and communities, and facilitating community access for the children in our care is a critical elements of best practice.

Wherever it is safe to do so, children are given the opportunity to have access to their families. Because of this, we start family visitation and assessment within the first two weeks of a girl arriving at our home. Where it is safe to do so, we have supervised family visitation while we assess and work towards the ultimate goal of seeing each girl reintegrated back to her family. For girls whose families live locally in Phnom Penh, we are able to facilitate a minimum of fortnightly supervised family visits while for those in the provinces, it is a monthly visit.

We work closely with the families of our girls to provide them with life skills training, parenting and budgeting skills to aid the parents in creating a safer environment to which the girls can hopefully return as soon as possible. This process can be quite slow as many families are very poor and uneducated. To assist in this regard, we have developed a family assistance program which aims to provide sustainable income to alleviate poverty. As we work towards reintegration, the visits progress to being unsupervised, weekend overnights and visiting for a few days over national holidays which are significant family times.

Once a girl has been reintegrated back to her family, we continue to support her financially and emotionally through a minimum transition period of three years. Our social worker continues to visit with her and assesses the family situation and the girl’s safety. We assist the family by continuing to pay for her education, which decreases the chances of her being re-trafficked and empowers her for her future. Each girl gets sent home with a bicycle and mobile phone, so that she can ride to her local school and has a way of keeping in contact with her social worker about any concerns. We also help families in great need with rice and food on family visits where needed.

If a child is given love, he becomes loving… If he’s helped when he needs help, he becomes helpful. And if he has been truly valued at home… he grows up secure enough to look beyond himself to the welfare of others.

Dr. Joyce Brothers

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