LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 26 (PNA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 5 (DSWD5) – Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) recently launched the “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” Program to provide the RSCC children an experience of a family home life this holiday season.
“There is no place like Home although it cannot be avoided that there are infants and children who have to settle for an alternative home due a dysfunction on the part of their biological parents and other immediate family members,” DSWD5 Regional Director Arnel Garcia said.
RSCC children, whose ages range from 0 to 6 years, are either surrendered, abandoned, neglected or abused are in need of temporary shelter or alternative foster families.
With the “I”ll Be Home for Christmas” program, the DSWD invited couples, families and single individuals to bring home an RSCC child and share with him or her the joy of the holidays.
“A child can stay with the foster family for a duration of two days to two weeks, depending on the discretion of the foster family,” Garcia said.
Under this program, before a child is released, the center nurse orients the prospective foster family on the child’s health condition, the food preferences and other information like the child's mood and behavior.
The foster family then signs a child protection policy and discharge slip upon the child’s release to their care for the holidays.
Garcia, assisted by Marissa Paeste, RSCC center head,turned over the children to their respective foster family/parents. (PNA) LOR/FGS/EMC/CBD/JSD