Each year the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society supports more than 14,000 abused, abandoned and neglected children, their families and communities.
The society is one of the oldest and largest in South Africa, and runs several projects aided by Foundation grants.
The society’s adoption and foster care service finds adoptive parents for children abandoned or given up by their parents, and supervises up to 1600 children in foster care. It also supports families as they reunite, and counsels pregnant women.
The child abuse treatment and training service steps in when a child is sexually abused, cares for it and protects it. The team also works to prevent abuse, and trains other professionals.
At the Othandweni children’s home, the society cares for abandoned and abused children from birth to 18 years, many with HIV/AIDS.
The society’s care doesn’t stop at 18: a new project teaches teenagers and parents the skills they’ll need to become self-sufficient, independent entrepreneurs.