How can you help typhoon Yolanda survivors? Foster a child legally, says DSWD
International women and children aid group Unicef has reiterated the importance of giving aid to children in calamity-hit areas, and they have continually called for help for those who have been orphaned by typhoon Yolanda.
According to Unicef, children are the most vulnerable of all groups in areas hit by natural disasters. They are at risk of abuse, trafficking, malnutrition and disease. Based on the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) January records, there are 109 registered children orphaned by typhoon Yolanda.
To ensure that children get the best chances in life after the disaster, DSWD with the help of Unicef started a tracking programme called Rapid Family Tracing and Reunification (RFTR) for Yolanda orphans. Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said ‘We have to register the number of those who were orphaned and find out who are taking care of them to ensure that they will not be prone to any other forms of abuse or human trafficking such as child labour and prostitution.’
In line with this, DSWD is asking all families, including relatives of orphans, to register the children through the local government unit’s Women and Children’s Protection Desk.
By legally fostering an orphan, the foster family will also receive support from DSWD under the provision of the Foster Care Act of 2012. If the foster family passes the DSWD’s requirements on foster parenting, then the child will receive a monthly subsidy in the form of financial aid, goods and services while the foster parents will be given skills training and livelihood aid.
For more information on adopting a child orphaned by typhoon Yolanda, visit DSWD’s Domestic Adoption portal. Unicef is also still appealing for aid in the form of cash donations for children and their families affected by typhoon Yolanda. To make a donation, visit Unicef’s Typhoon Haiyan Children’s Emergency Appeal.