Terms Associated with Children’s Homes
As the term orphanage has fallen out of favor, it has been replaced by the more positive title of children’s home. However, the services they provide are much the same – taking care of kids who are orphans, or whose parents are unable to care for them due to death, illness, abandonment or other issues. These homes can also assist with adoption and foster home placement. Many children’s homes are run by faith-based organizations, such as the Methodist and Baptist churches. Most are nonprofit and rely on donations to provide children with education and residential services. Here are some important terms associated with children’s homes.
Family Study – Prior to adoption, or even in a foster care situation, some children’s homes provide education to prospective parents about the responsibilities of childcare, and making certain their home is a safe and appropriate place.
Caseworker – Employees of a children’s home who are responsible for individual or groups of orphaned children, that strive to make certain their needs are met.
Family Group Home – A situation where small groups of children are raised in a building that approximate the size and feel of a normal family home.
Aftercare – The support services provided to children after they leave a children’s home.
Council on Accreditation – An independent, non-profit accrediting organization that rates conditions and quality of care at children’s homes and similar institutions.
Post-Institutionalized Child – A child adopted from a children’s home that may need special care for emotional issues, developmental delays or learning disabilities.