Our Model of Care

A simple model that enables us to grow

During the early years of founding Tutela, we took time to find the right model;

We wanted an approach that's best for the context of vulnerable children in Mozambique. During our research, we discovered a form of foster care that has been implemented in various townships in South Africa, created by a child protection organisation called Home from Home.

By visiting Home from Home and spending some time witnessing their foster care first hand, we became convinced that their approach could be used and adapted for the context of Mozambique. It is a tried and tested model that has had over 20 years of success.

Tutela has formed a partnership with our friends at Home from Home and are following their expertise to create safe and caring family-like homes.

Home from Home's model is simple and has four main elements:

 

 

1. Employ and train local foster mothers

Every foster mother is thoroughly screened for their appropriateness for the job.  We provide training to help them understand all aspects of fostering and the care of these vulnerable children. Tutela's aim is to employ couples where possible, which involves further screening to make sure the mum's husband is also commited to fostering the children long-term.

2. Establish a house that is solely for fostering

Foster homes are either locally rented properties or purpose built homes. During the pilot phase, Tutela has rented the first three homes in outskirts of Maputo. We provide all the necessary fixtures and furnishings for our homes, funded primarily by donations from the UK and contacts in Mozambique. Each home must be suitable and meet the needs of the foster-family. 

3. Place up to six children with their new foster carers in the home

The process of identifying the children who need foster care is done in consultation with our local partners, along with the government department for Social Welfare and where possible any extended family the child may have. We take those children who have been severely neglected and abandoned, and were at high risk of being harmed in their previous home. We ensure that where possible, siblings stay together and there is a mix of boys and girls of varying ages in a foster-family. We aim to create an experience as close as possible to a familiar family unit as found within this community.

4. Provide a full range of support to the carers and children

Once the foster-homes are in operation as a family unit, we encourage them to get into a routine and lifestyle which actively promotes their childrens' welfare. Our social workers, who are typically Mozambican, provide valuable ongoing support to the families to ensure that each child receives the best possible care.


 

How We Plan to Grow

Since launching the first foster home, we have been on a steep learning curve

Tutela aims to provide high quality care for these vulnerable children, we don't just want to provide the mere basics, we want to reverse the trauma that they've faced and give them a better start in life. With this in mind, we are taking the time to grow steadily into a successful model of care. 

The first home was launched in a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Maputo. We are now due to launch our second home in October 2019 in a different neighbourhood, and then the third home is planned for 2020, again in a new neighbourhood. Hence the three homes are separated from each other, embedded in normal Mozambican communities.

Launching the three foster homes will complete our pilot phase, which allows us to test our approach and effectiveness before expanding our work and reaching more children.

Our partnerships with other child protection agencies both in Mozambique and also South Africa, enables us to build on their success and benefit from their experience. Working with others is one of Tutela's core values.

Last Updated: 07 August 2019

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