uThando leNkosi firmly believes that the best place for a child to grow up is within the context of a family, which is one of the primary reasons we have opted for the place of safety. The advantage of a place of safety is that one can create a family environment, as we only take six to eight children at a time, and so each child is more likely to receive attention and care from adults, professional carers, and therapists.
Places of safety are secure short-term living arrangements. They differ from regular children’s homes or ‘orphanages’. Children’s homes are institutions that take children in to feed, clothe and shelter them until they are legal adults (18 years old), whereas children only stay in Places of Safety until suitable arrangements have been made, such as being taken in by a foster family, or being returned to their family of origin. Continue reading →