George Child & Family Welfare Society
The George Child & Family Welfare Society (GCFW) is a government-approved child protection organization which was established in 1926 to provide services in and around the town of George in South Africa. With the help of social and auxiliary social workers, the organization provides one-on-one therapeutic and statutory services to children in need of care and protection and their families, as well as various other programs such as parenting programs, programs relating to screening and training safety and foster parents, life skills for children, and a holiday program every school holiday.
The projects include Sabine’s Haven, a place of safety for up to 12 children, “Buddy,” which is a mobile unit providing various support services, and the Toy Library and Resource Centre, which supports early childhood development facilities. Furthermore, with the support of the Hasso Plattner Foundation, GCFW is enhancing its foster care program to accommodate needy children in family-like structures, in which up to six children and a foster mother live together.