Human Services

International Children's Care, Inc.

aka ICC

Vancouver, WA

Mission

International Children's Care is dedicated to the care, education, and spiritual growth of orphaned and vulnerable children in underdeveloped countries.

Ruling Year

1978

CEO

Rick Fleck

Main Address

P.O. 820610

Vancouver, WA 98682 USA

Keywords

orphan care, childrens' villages, children's care

EIN

93-0717332

 Number

3865999896

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Family Services (P40)

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What we aim to solve

In many developing countries in the world, poverty and deteriorating social structures have a great impact on the well-being of children. Many children are orphaned or abandoned by their parents. Without adequate social support networks in place, these children slip through the cracks and find themselves fending for themselves on the streets. They are often targets for gangs and/or prostitution.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Patmos Island Children's Village

Las Palmas Children's Village

Los Pinos Children's Village

El Oasis Children's Village

DEWS Sweet Home Children's Village

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of children and youth who have received access to stable housing

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These are the numbers within ICC's care during the month of September or October in each year. Efforts are being made to increase capability so even more orphans can have a home and family.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

International Children's Care (ICC) specializes in care for orphan children. Initially, that may take the form of emergency care for children who are placed in protective custody within an ICC supported facility. If it is determined that the best interest of the child is to remain in the facility going forward, then ICC's model of care for the child is based upon providing holistic care for the child - until they are able to successfully provide care for themselves. This is a huge task - to take on the total care of an orphan child until they can care for themselves successfully. But it is one that ICC and its supporters are passionate about. Many organizations provide temporary or partial care for a child or group of children. ICC provides total care for the child. It is specialized care because of the special needs of orphan children.

ICC provides care for orphans within a children's village model. At the heart of this model is the children's home. Local house parents are screened, hired and trained to provide the direct, nurturing care that the children so much deserve and need. Joining the house parents is an "aunt" who helps provide additional adult supervision and assistance. The children's villages typically have 10-12 homes on the campus and residing in each home are 10-12 children. This loving, natural home environment provides all the essential ingredients to help a child grow to physical, emotional, mental and social maturity. In addition to the children's homes, ICC develops and operates a primary school, and in some cases, also a secondary school. Sometimes an orphan child has not been to school or has fallen behind in his/her class work. The special needs of the children are carefully considered within these schools. The campus also has gardens and industries where children are taught age-appropriate skills. A chapel is also a part of the program, and this helps provide social and spiritual growth opportunities for the children.

Since 1978, ICC has implemented and continues to refine its model of care for orphan children. This is one way that ICC continues to enhance its capabilities to accomplish its mission. The cultural context is considered when determining how the model is implemented. However, all children the world over need love and nurturing care and a positive sense of well- being. In this environment that ICC provides for children, they are more likely to grow to maturity and live successfully on their own and become a contributing member of the society in which they live. Another way that ICC maximizes it capabilities to accomplish its mission is to involve supporters and donors in this mission. ICC operates a child sponsorship program which helps provide for the financial resources needed to operate the children's villages. It also helps enhance the well-being of the children. They know that others, outside their immediate village, are concerned for them and are helping to support them financially and emotionally. ICC works closely with local and national government entities to ensure that each children's village is operated according to government regulations. These positive relationships also help ICC maintain its capabilities to provide care for children long-term.

The success of ICC's program can be seen in the lives of hundreds of orphan children who are now living successfully on their own. While ICC respects the privacy of children who leave the project, many continue to keep in touch with the staff members at the children's village much like a biological child does with his or her parents. Through these contacts, ICC monitor's the growth, maturity and progress of the children. Through the years, there are many stories of children who return to the children's village in which they were raised and offer praise and counsel to the current children living there. ICC has many children who return to work at the very children's village in which they were raised. Their unique perspective and experiences are a positive influence on their younger “brothers and sisters."

For the past 40 years, ICC has provided and been the home and family for thousands of orphan and abandoned children. In many cases, the children were saved from starvation and death because of ICC's intervention. These children now are living examples of the care that ICC has provided. From its early beginning in 1978 in the country of Guatemala, ICC and its faithful supporters have expanded the scope of serving orphan children into other countries in Latin America as well as Europe, Africa and Asia. ICC currently has capacity within its existing facilities to help provide care for even more children. ICC actively seeks support and assistance from other likeminded individuals who have an interest in providing care for orphan children. Expanded support will enable ICC to help an expanded number of children who need the specialized care that ICC can provide.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable