Children’s Aid Society
Established in 1902, Children’s Aid Society is among the oldest, secular philanthropic organisations in Singapore. 2017 marks the charity’s 115th anniversary supporting children and families in need. Through managing Melrose Home, a Children and Young Persons Home, Children’s Aid Society provides residential care and psycho-social support programmes for around 50 vulnerable and disadvantaged children and youth (6-18 years old). Admissions range from compassionate cases, statutory cases, to referrals from Ministry of Social and Family Development’s Child Protection Service. These are children and youth who may be coping with family violence or child neglect issues. The Home’s programmes encompass: 1) Residential care 2) Personal development programmes to nurture residents’ talents and passion 3) Casework and counselling to cope with trauma 4) Family and community partnership to strengthen family relationships 5) Aftercare and mentoring for successful family reunification
Intended use of funds through the YFC 2018 programme
Funds raised from YFC 2018 will contribute to costs of providing Therapeutic and Development support to our residents and their families (costs ,000 a year) as we work together towards helping them heal trauma and strengthen family relationships. This includes: 1) Psycho developmental assessments 2) Individual counselling for children (and/or family members) with behavioural or emotional struggles 3) Organising family support groups and training 4) Behavioural therapy services (art and play therapies)
Engaging and involving the YFC participants
YFC team will be hosted at Melrose Home for a welcome session and orientation. This will help them get a better understanding of the Home’s programmes, facilities, and also clarify any queries they may have. If schedule permits, the YFC team can be involved in suitable recreational activities planned by our Care team.