OAfrica

Children in Families

aka OAfrica   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.oafrica.org

Mission

OAfrica's purpose is to support orphans and vulnerable children in Ghana through programs in Care Reform, family support, education, and development. Our goal is to ensure that children grow up in safe and permanent family settings with appropriate care and protection.

Ruling year info

2007

Founder & CEO

Lisa Lovatt-Smith

Main address

4470 W Sunset Blvd #97480

Los Angeles, CA 90027 USA

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Formerly known as

Orphanage Africa

OrphanAid Africa

EIN

56-2617512

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Foster Care (P32)

Family Services (P40)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family Support Services,

OrphanAid Africa's programs aim to reduce
child abandonment and family disintegration in Ghana.  Through OA initiatives, orphans and
vulnerable children can grow up in a safe and permanent family environment where
they are able to receive adequate care and protection.  Families are offered support to more
effectively care for their children, creating a more stable environment and opportunity for achievement both within the family as well as within the community.  
OAfrica’s Family Support Services program supports the most vulnerable families so they have the
means to take care of their own children as well as greater opportunities to become self-sufficient. The primary goals of FSS are:
Prevention: To prevent the disintegration of
families through linkages with strategies that strengthen families such as
Ghana’s Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) and National Health
Insurance programs, educational scholarships, food packages and other support
programs.
Reintegration: To find loving extended family
members who are able to create a caring and stable environment when the child
is separated from his or her parents.
Fostering: To find temporary care with
specially trained foster care providers who are able to create a caring and
stable environment for the child until a more permanent solution is available. OA has established a Foster Family Community (FFC) in order to adequately support children that cannot be immediately resettled with their extended families or adopted.

Population(s) Served

The primary goals of Care Reform, keeping children out of orphanages and in families:
Prevention: To prevent the disintegration of
families through linkages with strategies that strengthen families such as
Ghana’s Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) and National Health
Insurance programs, educational scholarships, food packages and other support
programs.
Reintegration: To find loving extended family
members who are able to create a caring and stable environment when the child
is separated from his or her parents.
Fostering: To find temporary care with
specially trained foster care providers who are able to create a caring and
stable environment for the child until a more permanent solution is available. OA has established a Foster Family Community (FFC) in order to adequately support children that cannot be immediately resettled with their extended families or adopted.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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OAfrica's overall goal is to assist in the closure of all orphanages in Ghana and fully establish a family-based care system as alternative to institutionalisation, all over Ghana. This approach is based on international best practices and it is hoped that it will be adapted by other countries all over Africa.

Our aim is to further push for the implementation of policies addressing the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children, in order to improve their living conditions and uphold their rights in the long term.

- Direct support of orphaned and vulnerable children and their families (school fees, micro-credits, medical costs etc.)
- Training (parenting, de-institutionalization, reunification)
- Regular meetings with OVC steering group at government level

- Highly classified social workers
- 14 years experience in working with OVC in Ghana
- Well connected with public agencies and other children's rights organisation

The progress has been very positive so far, with most children / adolecents excelling in their education. The families are actively trying to become self-sufficient in the long run.

So far, only half of Ghana's illegal orphanages have been closed down. There are still about 4,000 chidren in institutional care, which we hope to integrate into family-based care.

Financials

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Operations

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OAfrica

Board of directors
as of 2/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ashley Allison

No Affliation

Term: 2007 -

Ashley Allison

no affliation

Edward Asante

no affliation

Nana Brew-Hammond

no affiliation

Dr. Rebecca Davis

no affiliation

Ashley Rhodes-Courter

no affiliation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No