At Action for Children, we believe every child should grow up safe and happy. We offer support to help them thrive – and step in to help when times get tough.
We protect and support children and young people by providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives.
We work hand in hand with children in and on the edge of crisis to meet their immediate, basic needs, to ease mounting pressures, to heal psychological wounds, to tackle isolation and support them to seize opportunities to change their lives for the better.
CAMHS Specialist Services is made up of the Care Experienced Team as well as our STARS (Sexual Trauma, Assessment and Recovery) service based in Epsom, Surrey.
Our Care Experienced service provides intervention for children and young people who are in care, care leavers, adopted and/or under Special Guardianship Orders who STARS is a specialist service for children, young people and their families who have been affected by sexual abuse. Our purpose is to ensure these young people receive imperative advice and support which will meet their needs and improve their emotional wellbeing. have been affected by developmental trauma and attachment difficulties throughout Surrey.
Stripey Stork is one of the UK’s biggest baby banks helping Surrey families and are a registered charity in England and Wales.
We accept donations of new and donated baby items and then recycle clothes, bedding, cots, prams, highchairs, and other baby essentials by cleaning and repairing them and making sure they meet safety standards. We receive requests from health visitors, family centres, social workers, schools, and other agencies on behalf of families experiencing hardship. We then match our stock with what each family needs.
Surrey County Council is committed to being a good corporate parent and this means encouraging and supporting children and young people in care and leaving care to achieve their potential in life. To help with this there is a small, discretionary fund that all County Councillors, Active Surrey and ICG Medical Foundation contribute to, this fund enables Surrey to recognise, and reward looked after children and care leavers for their achievements.
The applications and awards made through this fund are expected to make a positive difference to a child or young person's life in his/her personal growth, development, and achievement.
House of Thembiso was started in February 2007 as a project to prevent the death of abandoned infants by giving them the love and care they need to survive until they can legally be placed with a loving family.
As a project of the AFM Welfare, we are register with the Department of Social Development as a Child and Youth Care Centre to care for up to 10 abandoned infants at a time.
Babies aged between newborn and 24 months are provided with safe care at House of Thembiso. We celebrate that most of these babies end up being placed with adoptive families, while others are reunited with biological families or placed in foster care.
uMephi Cluster Foster scheme is situated in Belhar and Eerste River, Western Cape since 2008. The aim of the program is to give a home and family to orphans. Babies who are not suitable for adoption would be transferred into uMephi community foster homes.
Our aim for this project is to establish a safe and secure home for our children, where they would feel wanted, appreciated, and loved by their house parents. Our project is a non-profit organization and it merely function on donations. The Foster Mother is the primary caregiver who prepares their meals, do their laundry, and help them with homework.
Umephi Cluster Foster Scheme is situated in Eerstervier, Western Cape since 2008. The aim of the program is to give a home and family to orphans.
In our Eersteriver Foster Home there is space to accommodate 6 children. Currently there are 5 children that range between 3 – 12 years. 2 little ones attend creche and the older children all attend local school. The Foster Mother is the primary caregiver who prepares their meals, do their laundry, and help them with homework.
Rockabye is part of the uMephi Program that focuses on the care of abandoned, orphaned, and special-needs babies as well as HIV affected and/or infected babies, and babies from mothers who experience a crisis pregnancy. Situated in the Western Cape of South Africa, we take in babies from as young as an hour old. They can stay with us up to the age of 2 years, depending on each case and procedures. They are brought to us by social workers, or we fetch them from hospitals.
Ubuntu house is a registered Child and Youth Care Centre with a temporary safe care program and is part of the AFM Executive Welfare Councils uMephi C&YCC project. Ubuntu House take care of babies from birth to two years who have been abandoned, orphaned, neglected or who was born out of an unplanned and crisis pregnancy.
Since the house opened its doors to the first baby in 2003 until 2015, we have cared for 528 children. When possible, babies are reunited with their parents or biological families. If reunification is not possible babies are placed in a forever family through adoption and 425 babies were placed with adoptive parents over the last 12 years.
Greensleeves Children's Trust is a non-profit organization that provides care and nurture for abandoned, abused, or orphaned children in East London based in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Since opening Greensleeves, it has grown tremendously from 17 to 76 children in their care. They provide a haven for children, as well as we educate them through their on-site independent school, minister to them in partnership with the local churches, and equip them with skills from horse riding to playing the piano.
In the future, we aim to seek a wider source of donors from across the globe. This will enable us to grow and provide a home and hope for more and more children.