Monthly Archives: May 2011

Workshops for Caregivers

In order to learn about caregiving of children in care in developing countries, our team has been visiting the orphanage of Love and Hope.  As is typical in orphanages in CA, most of the children are not actually orphans but have families that are unable to care for them because of financial, mental health, or other reasons.  The children all have histories of severe neglect and maltreatment.


 Orphanage Caregivers attending Workshop 

In April, 2011, the team gave a second workshop to the caregivers in the orphanage.  Following a consultation model, the workshop focused the caregivers’ chief concern – discipline – but underscored by the message of the importance of the relationship.  Videotapes of caregivers setting limits in the orphanage were used to demonstrate successful limit setting techniques.  The caregiver’s ability to imagine the mind of the child was crucial to the success of the interactions.  Examples of the caregivers’ evaluations of the workshop included, “ I learned that it’s important to get at a child’s level, spend time with them, and connect with them first.” And “How to have a better relationship with a child and how to understand his situation.”


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Our Team

I began the project of exploring ways to support caregivers of children in care in 2005, when I visited a small Christian orphanage, Love and Hope, in El Salvador.  In my second visit, I was accompanied by Sarah Measures, educator and child psychotherapist.  In addition to Sarah and me, the team now includes Wendy Fern, a community family clinician, Susanna Fragano, a social worker, and Alexandra Musliner, an educator.  

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The purpose of this blog is to gather information about how to support caregivers of children in care in developing countries.  The quality of the caregiving relationship in infants and young children, central to the healthy development of the growing child, can be enhanced by attention to the caregivers in the form of education and other support. This blog will become an archive for information on these issues.


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