What is Family Care First?
In 2014, USAID launched Family Care First, a global initiative that seeks to uncover and advance transformational solutions that considerably reduce the number of children growing up outside of safe, nurturing, family-based care. In 2015, Cambodia was selected as the first site to pilot this approach. Today, Family Care First is an ever-growing partnership, comprised of global and community partners from all sectors committed to increasing the percentage of children living in safe, nurturing and family based care. Guided by the collective impact model for structured, multi-sector collaboration, FCF partners are working together to build both the trust and evidence required to more strategically and collectively contribute toward the shared vision of safe, nurturing family based care for every child in Cambodia.
The work of Family Care First is led by the following the following equally essential cross-sector working groups:
- Technical Working Group for Implementation (TWGI): Comprised of 30-40 leaders of the non-profit, government, civic, business, academic and faith sectors, the TWGI is charged with both shaping and implementing FCFC’s framework for strategic action.
- Thematic Sub-Groups (TSG): These smaller groups are organized for action around key areas of needed reform. The first four of these groups are working collaboratively to increase government capacity; strengthen the social service workforce; build pathways into family based care and address head on the market forces driving increases in residential care.
- Knowledge Sharing Working Group (KSWG): Comprised of 10-15 international and local experts in research, data and evaluation, the KSWG is charged with both collecting and using data to inform the direction and assess the impact of FCFC.
- Donor Steering Group (DSG): Comprised of 8-10 resource partners, the DSG is charged with providing overall strategic direction and mobilizing resources to meet FCFC identified resource needs.
Family Care First Cambodia’s strength lies in the commitment and support of its diverse membership and only collectively can its partners have the desired impact on the lives of children living without safe, nurturing family based care. For more information, please visit: www.familycarefirstcambodia.org
For more information, please visit: www.familycarefirstcambodia.org
Increasing The Percentage of Children Living in Safe, Nurturing Family Care is a Complex Problem
Some social problems are easy to solve. The problem is well defined, the answer is known in advance, and a small number of stakeholders have the resources and authority needed to implement the solution. With complex problems, the answers are not yet known, and even if they were no single entity has both the resources and authority to bring about the necessary change. Increasing the percentage of children living in safe, nurturing family care is a complex problem. Achieving success will not only require more knowledge about the size and scope of the problem, but also the collaboration of multiple stakeholders toward a common goal.