Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home
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The Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home provides residential facilities for children in need of Care and Protection who are placed in care due to reasons such as abuse or neglect. The placements are referred by the Department of Children and Family Services through the Courts and may be on a short-term or long-term basis according to circumstances. The Home can accommodate up to nine children, at present the residents are from eight to twelve years of age. We currently offer two emergency placement spaces so that we are able to provide a safe place for a child to stay in, in the event that he or she is found to be in imminent danger in their family home. We are able to care for both genders and can therefore accept brothers and sisters ensuring that family members are not automatically separated when placed in care.
Over the past 10 years, we have housed over 50 children in need of care and protection. We aim to provide a secure, nurturing environment in which children are encouraged to work co-operatively. Staff members work with residents on developing life skills to enable them to become self-sufficient.
The Home encourages all children to partake in healthy and productive after school activities. At the present time these include Extended After School Programmes, Scouts, Cadets, Girls Brigade, Praise Dance, Swimming, Horseback Riding/Equine Therapy, Music therapy, Karate, Special Olympics, Art, Cooking Classes and Sports Clubs.
All residents participate in homework programmes and receive additional tuition, from qualified teachers who are paid for their services. Older residents who may age out of care in a couple of years are also offered work experience opportunities after school and on school holidays. This also provides a good opportunity for the Foster Home staff to guide the residents in learning how to budget their money and make smart spending decisions.
Wherever possible we facilitate reunification or placement/adoption for residents within our care and have been successful in transitioning four former residents into more permanent living situations in the last three years. In cases where reunification is not possible, we provide an Aftercare Programme to support residents who age out of care through assistance with accommodation, further education and work experience as well as life skills and general guidance.
We receive partial government funding for the Nadine Andreas Foster Home which amounts to roughly half of the costs, therefore the NCVO relies heavily on donations and fundraising activities to sustain this programme.
Miss Nadine’s Pre-School and the Jack & Jill Nursery-located at the Richard Arch Children’s Centre