KAEME FOUNDATION

Building Healthy Families

aka Kaeme   |   Palo Alto, CA   |  www.kaeme.org

Mission

Kaeme seeks to build loving families, one child at a time. We assist orphaned or abandoned children to leave institutions and enter loving familes. Kaeme staff work hand-in-hand with the Ghanaian Department of Social Welfare (DSW) to survey an orphanage, create a profile for each child, and host a child care conference to determine the best possible outcome for each child. Kaeme and DSW then work together to perform home assessments of potential guardians, recruit local mentors, and reintegrate each child with a loving family.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Meredith Bergin Bailey

Main address

PO Box 1544

Palo Alto, CA 94302 USA

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EIN

27-0833467

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International Relief (Q33)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Building Loving Families

Poor record-keeping, under-resourced welfare agencies and the logistical challenges inherent in matching a child to a family often prevent children from entering or returning to family-based care. Kaeme works to reduce these barriers, offering more children the chance to grow up in a loving home.

Building families.
Kaeme works with the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) to canvas orphanages across Ghana, scouring records, talking with caregivers, and interviewing children to create a profile on the child's history, health, and personality. The information contained in these profiles allows our partnership to determine the best care option for each child, identify information gaps, and thoughtfully match each child with an appropriate family.

Building relationships.
During orphanage visits, DSW representatives build stronger ties between the orphanage and DSW. This facilitates the legal registration of institutions, clearer communication between DSW and the orphanages, and better follow-up with the children.

Population(s) Served

The Department of Social Welfare estimates that 80% of orphanage-housed children in Ghana have family. Many of these families do not have the resources to house, clothe and care for their child, which is often why the child ends up in an orphanage. We work to align sponsors to provide funds to these families to allow them to be reunited with their child. This can be as simple as paying for school uniforms or school supplies.

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Kaeme partners with the Ghanaian Department of Social Welfare to achieve their vision of closing most of the orphanages in Ghana, leaving only 40 specialized facilities for special needs children, battered women and their children, abused youth, and transitional child housing (one of each in each of the 10 regions). To achieve this goal our specific aims are to:
1. Reunify children with extended families whenever possible, through the use of information compiled in child profiles and the support of donor sponsorships
2. Facilitate fostering or adoption when reunification is not possible
3. When no family care option can be found for a child, use donor sponsorships to support happy and healthy childhoods for children currently housed in orphanages
4. Provide volunteers with the support and opportunities required to allow them to significantly impact the lives of vulnerable children

We will profile each of the estimated 4,000-10,000 orphaned and vulnerable children in Ghana over the next six years, creating a database of child profiles that can be used by Ghanaian social workers to:
• Document orphans and vulnerable children to enhance monitoring and prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation
• Reunify families, or place children in foster or adoptive care
• Connect donors with children to provide the resources for the transition to family-based care, or supporting the education, healthcare and mentoring of a child unable to find a family

We have spent the past 4 summers sending groups of U.S. interns to Ghana to work in teams with Ghanaian social workers to profile children living in orphanages. To date, 24 interns have spent over 2,000 hours in Ghana profiling children. Each summer approximately 400 children are profiled with over 1,500 profiles having been completed since 2008.

There are 4,000-10,000 orphans living in Ghana and to increase our ability to profile them we are expanding our internship program to have teams profiling in-country three times a year.
Additionally, we want to work with the Ghanaian government to assist in creating a centralized adoption system. There is currently no system for the government to know what children are eligible for adoption nor what children have been adopted either domestically or internationally. A clarified, transparent adoption process will assist in our shared goal of placing children who cannot be reunited with family into family-based care.

Internally, our Board of Directors and staff are highly experienced and our interns are top talent recruited from universities around the country.
Externally, our formal partnership with Ghana’s Department of Social Welfare is integral to our ability to function and impact children’s lives.

Our systemic profiling of all children at each orphanage in Ghana is propelling us towards our ultimate goal of closing the majority of orphanages as reunification, foster, and adoption efforts occur concurrently. The profiles we build enable social workers to create individualized care plans for each child leading to their placement in family-based care, either with their own family or through foster care or adoption.

One obstacle is the difficulty in locating nuclear and extended family members and poor record keeping. Additionally, the negative Ghanaian attitude towards adoption (both putting a child up for adoption and adopting a child) is a stumbling block we hope to overcome through a future public service announcement campaign.
Because we partnered with the Ghanaian government and the Department of Social Welfare from the beginning and they knew the exact goal, our adjustments have surrounded the best way to profile children, store and protect their data, and place the children in family-based care.

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KAEME FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 8/28/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marci Kirk Stevens

John Stevens