The Orphans Care Centre, Dreama, organised a child care licensing programme for foster mothers, it was announced on Sunday. Launched in 2018, the initiative is aimed at providing training and awareness workshops for foster families.
An integrated programme that included several workshops was also prepared and foster mothers trained on how to inform foster children of their social status. Subsequently, the families who decided to inform their foster children of their status, were followed up to ensure no psychological trauma as a result of informing the child of his situation. Thereafter, foster mothers were honoured and awarded child care license certificate.
Dreama's acting executive director Mariam bint Ali bin Nasser al-Misnad explained in a statement that the child care licensing programme comes within the framework of the strategy and vision to provide workshops and trainings for foster families and introduce child care concept from a family and community perspective.
The training programmes, which focused intensively on psychological and social aspects of foster children, were delivered by trainers and experts in psychological, social, educational and behavioural aspects. At the conclusion of the training the foster families were awarded child care license and honoured by Dreama.
Mariam al-Misnad said that Dreama is undertaking a key role in providing continuous support for the foster families and orphans. "Dreama believes in the importance of integrating the orphans as a social principle and the positive role that a foster family can play throughout the upbringing of the foster child and its support for his stability and welfare.
"Through this programme and other similar events we are seeking to promote society integration and empowerment of the children of Dreama, raise awareness on the responsibility of the community towards this important category of the society, develop the society’s vision of the orphan child that he, along with his companions, will form the future, expectations and power, and they are a main component of the society".
A group of foster mothers lauded Dreama's efforts and the positive role it plays in advancing the life of foster children and its support for their psychological, social, educational and behavioural aspects and capacity development.
They also praised the detailed programme delivered by Dreama and the practical workshops and courses on how to treat foster children, and stressed the necessity of continuous organisation of training workshops and awareness lectures.