Supporting
Families

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While many children are raised at our NPH homes until they reach independence, others may be entrusted in our care temporarily because their family is unable to provide for them or because they are referred to NPH through the local child welfare system. In accordance with the United Nations Guidelines for children living in alternative care released in 2010, we have developed the NPH OneFamily program to provide a continuum of care to children who transition from our homes to reintegrate with family.

By providing families with long-term assistance and the specialized support they need to care for their children, we can ensure that children’s rights’ are upheld and they are empowered to reach their goals, while also helping to strengthen families and communities.

How the NPH OneFamily Program Provides Support to Children and Families in Honduras and Guatemala:

  • Specialized long-term care plan developed for each child and managed by a team of qualified specialists
  • Intensive visits to monitor the health, wellbeing, academic performance, and overall development of your sponsored child in his/ her home environment in the first six months of reintegration
  • Annual health and wellness exams and assistance with major health needs
  • Families are provided with a monthly stipend to assist with the purchase of food, clothing, school tuition and transportation costs for your Godchild
  • Frequent opportunities for your sponsored child to remain engaged with our NPH family

Your sponsorship contributions help to provide children who have reintegrated with family with all the support and tools they need to fulfill their unique potential. We will provide you with four updates per year on your sponsored child’s well-being and academic progress. We encourage you to continue to write to your sponsored child as they will appreciate your words of support.

Thank you for your generous support of children through NPH USA. If you have any questions about your sponsored child or the NPH OneFamily program, please let us know. Our sponsorship team is happy to assist you by phone Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Central Time at 1-866-690-1703, or by email at sponsorship@nphusa.org.


Related Information:
NPH OneFamily Fact Sheet
Video: NPH – Expanding Our Services

Photo at top: NPH OneFamily members in Guatemala with an NPH social worker

FAQ

While many children in our care live at our NPH homes until they reach independence, others may be entrusted in our care temporarily because their family is unable to provide for them or because they are referred to NPH through the local child welfare system. In accordance with the United Nations Guidelines for Alternative Care released in 2010, NPH has developed the NPH OneFamily program to provide a continuum of care to children who transition from our homes to reintegrate with family, ultimately helping to strengthen the families and communities we serve.

The NPH OneFamily program currently supports children in Guatemala and Honduras.

Yes! Your emotional and financial support of your sponsored child is a critical part of their development. Your letters of encouragement coupled with your sponsorship contributions help to support your sponsored child in their family environment and keep them engaged with their NPH family.

During the immediate transition from the NPH home, your sponsored child will receive clothing, hygienic items, school supplies, and other necessities. We rely on your generous sponsorship contributions to ensure that your sponsored child’s family receives financial support to cover their food, major healthcare, school enrollment fees, tuition, uniforms, shoes, and transportation costs. The NPH OneFamily support team, comprised of social workers and psychologists, provide intensive onsite visits in the first six months of integration. These visits include a review of the monthly economic support received by the family, check-ins with local schools to ensure class attendance, and review of academic progress reports. NPH commits to visiting your sponsored child in their home at least four times a year to evaluate their environment and verify their well-being.

Yes! We encourage you to continue sending letters and small, flat items such as photos, postcards, and bookmarks to your sponsored child. NPH will provide you with four e-newsletter updates per year, specific to your sponsored child’s well-being and development and one handwritten letter from your sponsored child at Christmas. If you wish to visit your sponsored child, please make arrangements through NPH USA, and we will make every effort to ensure he/she is present at the nearest NPH home for your visit. Click here to review our Visitor Policy.

Our NPH OneFamily teams conduct frequent visits to your sponsored child’s home to evaluate their new home environment and well-being for the first six months, and up to four times per year thereafter to review the child’s well-being, understand how the economic support received by their family is being used, to conduct wellness checks, ensure school attendance, provide parenting support, and review your sponsored child’s academic progress reports.

While we validate certain fees such as tuition payments to school, we seek to empower families to administer their budgets for the well-being of their children.  Regular follow-up visits to meet with your sponsored child and their family allow NPH to monitor spending and to make adjustments as needed.  NPH communicates its expectations with the families as a condition of receiving support through the NPH OneFamily program.

NPH places the opinion of children first. We advocate for a child’s right to live with their family when possible, but in some cases, a child may decide to remain in our home. To ascertain a family’s ability to provide a long-term home for a child, we conduct an extensive study to ensure that each child’s needs will be met and that they will have access to services to further their development. All decisions must be coordinated with local child welfare authorities which approve NPH OneFamily reintegration.

Access to education is a right every child should have and is a key element of the support provided through the NPH OneFamily program. We conduct intensive visits to your sponsored child’s home in the first six months of integration to ensure school attendance, and review their academic progress report. In some cases, the nearest school may be located within one of our NPH homes.

Yes, if the child welfare authorities designate NPH as the place of care. NPH is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of your sponsored child and places the rights of each child first. The NPH OneFamily teams evaluate each child’s case and act in the best interest of the child.