July 28, 2017, New Delhi — CERI staff held the second annual interactive training session on the legal and practical aspects of kinship care, sponsorship, foster care and adoption for children in India to a group of regional directors from the Don Bosco National Forum for the Young at Risk.
Fr. Koshy Thomas, SDB, Executive Director of the Don Bosco National Forum for the Young at Risk commented, “The session was highly appreciated by the participants and were grateful for the enlightenment. The view on the alternative care has been broadened and I am sure, the best of care will be catered to the 5,000 children we are in touch with.”
Some of the training’s topics included the relevance of alternative care to India, the reintegration of youth separated from their families and communities, and how alternative care fits into the current child protection legislative framework in India.
“This group of trainees was different than the ones we trained last year,” said CERI-India National Program Director Ian Anand Forber-Pratt. “This year’s training was particularly amazing because these directors work with so many youth each day. This training helps broaden the scope of the care that they will make available for the youth for whom they advocate.”
Don Bosco India operates more than 100 shelter homes, 117 children’s homes, 233 street education centres, 63 vocational training centres, 29 advocacy units, 35 missing child search units, 26 24-Hour Childline Centres, and a host of other projects across 72 cities and towns in India.
The Don Bosco National Forum for the Youth at Risk in India is run by the Salesians of Don Bosco, an international organization dedicated to the service of poor, disadvantaged young people through education and evangelization. St. John Bosco, a nineteenth-century Italian priest and educator, founded the Salesians of Don Bosco to help poor children.
For more information on the Don Bosco National Forum for the Young at Risk, visit YARforum.org.