Help Support Family Preservation and the Care of Children With Special Needs
Ae Ran Won
Located in Seoul, South Korea, Ae Ran Won is a home for young single mothers in need of counseling, protection and support. Young single mothers are particularly vulnerable to social, familial and economic abuses.
Ae Ran Won provides single mothers with a stable residence, education, vocational training and individual and family counseling. The organization is nonprofit and has staff that include social workers, nurses, cooks and specialized instructors.
More single women are choosing to raise their children rather than relinquish them for adoption; funds contributed through this Global Family Support Project support the efforts of these women to parent.
Eastern Social Welfare Society (ESWS)
A longstanding partner of Children’s Home, ESWS operates ten counseling offices throughout South Korea. Each of the centers are staffed with professional counselors who help parents and children. ESWS shares our belief that every child should have the opportunity to learn and grow in a loving family. Programming helps unwed mothers find resources to parent their children and when children cannot remain with their birth mothers, they help to find loving families within South Korea, the U.S. and Australia.
Efforts supported through this project have included the provision of blankets, winter coats, medical supplies and foster care support.
Foster Care Assistance
Children who are awaiting adoption in South Korea are most often cared for by foster families. Since the change in adoption laws in 2007, children in South Korea are spending an increased amount of time in foster care, averaging over two years.
Accordingly, more assistance is needed to cover the increased costs of food, clothing and medical care. Contributions to this project help to ensure quality care for children who reside in foster care.
Pyeongtaek Welfare Town
Established by ESWS in 1981, Pyeongtaek Welfare Town serves a diverse group of people: infants, toddlers, youth, disabled youth and adults from the populous community of Pyeongtaek. One particular effort of this project support by our Global Family Support program is the Dongbang School. This elementary, middle and high school level school provides education for over 230 children with special needs. There are more than 60 teachers and 30 classrooms which provide specialized education services.
Other efforts supported by this project have included: Jacob’s Home which cares for abandoned infants and toddlers, The former Esther’s Home which was a shelter for women and the Vocational Rehabilitation Center which provides job training and a workplace for adults with special needs.
Social Welfare Society (SWS)
Another longstanding partner of Children’s Home, SWS provides quality care to birth mothers and children. They seek adoptive homes for children who cannot be cared for by their biological families, first seeking homes within South Korea and then looking internationally to the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Contributions to this project will help support the family preservation programming, delivery of donations and quality medical and foster care.