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 Cambodia is governed by the following three 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
Collective Impact is a framework for facilitating and achieving large-scale social change. It is a structured and disciplined approach to bringing cross-sector organizations together to focus on a common agenda that results in long-lasting change. Global
research shows that successful collective impact initiatives typically have five conditions that together produce true alignment and lead to powerful results: a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing
activities, continuous communication, and backbone support organizations.
The process of collective impact starts with a common agenda. That means coming together to collectively define the problem and create a shared vision to solve it.
It establishes shared
measurement. That means agreeing to track progress in the same way, which allows for continuous improvement. It fosters mutually reinforcing activities.
That means coordinating collective efforts to maximize the end result. It encourages continuous communication. That means building trust and relationships among all participants.
And it has a strong backbone. That means having a team dedicated to orchestrating the work of the group.
In March 2015, USAID convened over 30 local and global experts in child welfare and protection and tasked them with collectively identifying strategies for increasing the overall percentage of Cambodian children living in safe, protective family care. The group set forth four measurable objectives, organized themselves into related working groups and set out to co-design a series of 11 related interventions. These action plans will be enacted over the next two years and serve to inform all of FCF’s future work.
At the same time, efforts have been made to recruit additional partners from a wide array of related development sectors including education, early childhood, maternal and child health, nutrition, disability, economic strengthening and migration. Under this broader lens, FCF partners will work together to develop a long-term strategy for increasing the percentage of Cambodian children in safe, nurturing, family based care.
FCF seeks to add value by:
- Approaching the whole child through the lens of safe, nurturing, family-based care, which is unique and compelling for greater stakeholder cohesion.
- Helping the Royal Government of Cambodia and civil society identify, set, cost, measure, and reach targets for children and families.
- Providing a starting point for fundraising, with a focus on the private sector.
Collaboration is not new to Cambodia. There are several strong sector based partnerships already doing incredible things for children and families. FCF is not a network, but rather a process through which the work done by existing or newly created networks can become more closely aligned and span across multiple sectors, allowing them each to have a greater overall impact. FCF also seeks to leverage funds by decreasing duplication and using data to inform the strategic actions of the community.
No. The end goal of FCF is and will remain ensuring that every child has the opportunity to grow in a safe, nurturing family. With this in mind, FCF partners have pledged to work together to prevent unnecessary child and family separation, reintegrate children in residential care safely back into family and provide alternative care for those who cannot return home.
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X is proud to be a partner organization of Family Care First Cambodia, a group of global and community partners across all sectors committed to increasing the percentage of children living in safe, nurturing and family based care. 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
Partners are encouraged to promote Family Care First through social media. Programs funded exclusively with USAID funds must also tag USAID.
Whether partly or fully funded by USAID, they’d appreciate their social media accounts being tagged in any FCF posts. Facebook: @USAIDCambodia. Twitter: @UsaidCambodia. No need to tag USAID if there’s no USAID funding involved.