NPH Offers Reintegrated Youth a Full Spectrum of Care and Support
The NPH OneFamily team describes the continuous care offered to families that have been reunited through NPH’s help.
April 10, 2019 - Honduras
At NPH Honduras, family reintegration means more than just moving kids back in with their families. It means making our best effort to ensure that they have the resources they need to live in unison long after the official legal procedure has taken place. In addition to providing reintegrated families with financial support, we offer a range of social, psychological, medical, and educational services and, in doing so, help reduce the risk of families falling back into vulnerable situations.
Despite reintegrating with their family over two years ago and living two hours by car from our main location in Tegucigalpa, Pilar, Rodolfo, and Kenia are still a very real part of the NPH family. Just go on one of the trips that Yulissa and Cristhian, the social worker and psychologist with the NPH OneFamily program in Honduras, make to the children’s home in Comayagua every month and you’ll see for yourself.
“At the beginning of a visit, we observe the family dynamic to see if the child is adapting to their biological family and the new environment, as well as check on the family to see how they are adjusting to the reintegration. If we find weak areas in their relationships, then we try to find a way to strengthen them. And once we see that both sides, family and child, are relatively well adapted, we focus our efforts on things like education and health. And visits gradually become less frequent,” explains Yulissa.
During their visits, she and her colleague Cristhian do more than just scratch the surface of the transition process. Through keen observations and detailed interviews, they gather pertinent information, assess the family’s individual needs, and create plans that address their specific concerns. For example, on a typical visit they’ll go to the family’s home, talk with the child (both together with their family and individually), and take notes on living conditions and caregiver-child interactions.
Our team also incorporates regular school visits to interview teachers and directors to learn about how the child is doing academically and socially.
“We take the kids aside in school, because it's an environment where they can vent. Their family isn't there and they can talk with us without worrying that their caregiver or siblings are listening,” says Jenny, a social worker who has worked with the program since its beginning.
By making these visits and gathering information, the NPH OneFamily team is creating links between the family and the school that reinforce the child’s wellbeing.
“The visits are really good because they make us aware of everything that's going on,” says Pilar.
When the teams aren’t on the road, they’re in the office documenting information, answering calls, giving parents and children advice, hosting parent training sessions, and attending meetings with national directors to present each family’s case and develop individualized plans of action. This constant process of monitoring and evaluating the reintegration families helps us to track their progress and advocate for their best interests.
Our biggest goal is to accompany families at each step of the way and provide them with the resources that they need to become self-reliant and to support their child’s personal success.
“We want them to be an independent family, so we try to support them directly, yes, but also help them learn to make their own decisions. It’s integral support that not only helps the child, but the entire family. We like to take care of the people who take care of the children,” adds Jenny.
Children’s names have been changed to protect their privacy.