“Established in January 2008 in Hargeisa, the Alternative Care Programme provides long term family based alternative care for children who lost or are about to lose parental care. The AC has 3 program units; Family Like Care – FLC, Foster Family Care – FFC and Youth Care – YC. Currently, the AC Programme accommodates 206 children and young people (FLC 81, FFC 60 and YC 65), 84 girls and 122 boys.
In order to plan and implement the de-institutionalization strategy for residential care centres , The AC Programme aims to scale up the Family Foster Care option in Hargeisa, Borama and Berbera. Also, integration of families in the FLC into the community is priority.”
We believe that, whenever possible, children should grow up with their biological families. Despite the best efforts of authorities and SOS family strengthening, family breakdown is sometimes unavoidable.
At such times, children need suitable alternative care until their family’s circumstances improve enough for them to return home. Children who no longer have a living parent require long-term quality alternative care to support them in developing into independent adults.