Santos is looking for new people interested in temporary shelters for children and adolescents

Arthur (not his real name) was under the care, care and affection of one-month-old and three-week-old housewife Jessica Isabel Ribeiro, 28, and IT professional Hugo Besa Silva de Oliveira, 28. “It’s a lot of love, a lot of affection. It’s a delivery and the experience of being a part of her life. It makes us very happy, “said Jessica.

The couple is part of the Familia Acolhedora Network, a service of the Santos Department of Social Development (SEDS) aimed at finding a temporary home for children and adolescents (up to 18 years) away from family life. Because they are at risk.

Registered for almost a year, they are in their third reception. They have already welcomed two more children into their home. “We were touched by reason. We followed a meeting about the program. It was a friend to present. Initially it was just for them to know, but when the event was over, we were interested and decided to participate, ”recalls Jessica.

Currently ten host families and two are in the process of registration. There are nine foster carers.

Santos now wants to strengthen the team and register those interested in caring for the little ones. The goal is to reach 35 people. People over the age of 18 living in the city can participate. They must have plenty of affection and availability of time. You must have good physical and mental health, have no criminal record and not be on the adoption list. On average, the registration process takes three months.

What do you do

The first step for anyone interested is to arrange a first interview with those responsible for services in the Acolhedora Family Section (Rua Dino Bueno, 16). Just call (13) 3251-9333. A registration and an interview are conducted to verify whether they have a profile, to inspect the person’s residence to meet with the family nucleus, and to confirm that everyone agrees to accept the child or adolescent.

“She has to stay in this house because she has already been separated from her family for a number of reasons, so she has to move into a house where everyone will hope and want,” explains social worker Lillian Reyes dos Santos.

According to him, the purpose is to welcome and cherish this child. “This is the difference between service: children stay in a family home where the individual receives special attention, instead of going to an institutional care service.”

After the assessment, participants still take a course with six modules, where they receive guidance on the care and services provided by the municipality to assist children and adolescents. They will be able to determine the age group they may belong to.

“We guide these people on what services are, how they are welcomed and the questions that children bring to their families from their lives. Therefore, it should be a safe and protective home for this child, because, apart from the problem of affection, we realize that their development in a welcoming family is much better than an institutional care service, ”Lillian added.

At the end of the training, for example, documents like RG, CPF, criminal record, certificate of physical and mental health of the couple are required to be provided. From there, a commission, including members of the judiciary, evaluates the volunteer’s registration to determine if he or she is eligible for a temporary reception.

The host family receives a monthly transfer of R $ 1,151.81 to cover the costs of children or adolescents. Reception can last between three and 18 months.
At this point, biological parents are also helped to overcome the factors that lead to family separation. At the end of the term, if there are conditions, they return to the original family; Otherwise, they will move on to adoption.

Therefore, another issue that is part of the selection process and training is isolation. For this, Jessica brings lessons learned in almost a year of the welcome family.
“You don’t have to be afraid of separation. Of course you will suffer, because you will suffer when you love and separate. It’s the bill we get. But it’s worth it. You realize that your work is done and it makes a difference in her life and the life of her family. “
(13) Information about the Acolhedora family program at 3251-9333.


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