Whole Child International

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Mission

Whole Child International is devoted to improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned, abused, and neglected children worldwide.

What They Do

Whole Child International (WCI) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 2004 dedicated to improving the quality of care for orphaned, abandoned, abused, and neglected children in institutions, foster homes, and residential environments worldwide, by elevating the quality of their care to meet the highest standards in child development.

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One of the greatest joys for WCI is providing caregivers with training on how to care for children, especially those with unique needs.

Whole Child International firmly believes that orphanages and other childcare institutions can be dramatically improved at relatively small cost by restructuring and reallocating resources in existing institutions to focus on children’s emotional needs, ultimately creating the possibility for healthy integration into society.

Through local, national, and international partnerships, WCI teaches and implements three basic childcare principles - primary caregiving, continuity of care, and small groups – and four fundamental best childcare practices - fostering Secure Attachments through Responsive Caregiving, Valuing Routines, allowing for Freedom of Movement, and creating an Environment for the Appropriate Use of Materials.  Even with limited resources these principles and practices can be meaningfully implemented by working closely with childcare workers, administrators, and government officials.

It is the greatest hope of WCI that all children have a family, however it is necessary to recognize the fact that for some children, unfortunately orphanages and institutions may be their family experience.  WCI strongly believes that the success of these children, the most vulnerable among us, is the key to responsible development, a path out of poverty, and will ultimately lead to greater international stability.  To this end our attention to the problem of children in institutions must incorporate an attention to the improvement of orphanages and institutions themselves as, despite the best efforts of all involved, children will spend time in these places, sometimes much time, ideally little.  The period of early childhood is so key in lifelong development we must not let even this small amount of time negatively impact the development of children.

Key Programs

Pre and Post Materials

WCI seeks to make children’s spaces more home-like, as relevant to the country and culture where they are working. They use local materials and sources to create an environment that is enjoyable for children and caregivers.

Training of Children’s Caregivers in Orphanages
http://wholechild.org/notes-from-field/?p=68 
University Course for Directors and Leaders of Orphanages as well as other NGO and Government Representatives: “Developing the Whole Child: Best Practices in Early Childhood Care 0-6″
http://wholechild.org/notes-from-field/?p=242
http://wholechild.org/notes-from-field/?p=262
Technical Assistance
Material Improvements through Local Sustainable Relationships
http://wholechild.org/notes-from-field/?p=84
http://wholechild.org/notes-from-field/?p=203
http://wholechild.org/notes-from-field/?p=167
Policy Recommendations
http://www.wholechild.org/programs/
http://www.wholechild.org/academic/

Countries They Work In

Nicaragua, El Salvador, United States, United Kingdom

Contact Information

The University course focuses on providing a background in early childhood development and best care practices.  The Caregiver Training focuses on providing the highest quality possible care for children, focusing on the interaction between caregiver and child.

The University course focuses on providing a background in early childhood development and best care practices. The Caregiver Training focuses on providing the highest quality possible care for children, focusing on the interaction between caregiver and child.

Address: 11726 San Vicente Blvd, Suite 222, Los Angeles, CA, 90049
Phone: (310) 820-0018
Email: info@wholechild.org
Web: www.wholechild.org
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