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Best Practices in Orphan Care

Our Adventures team cares for over 6,000 orphans daily. For a while now, I’ve wanted to help them do a better job. What if we equipped caregivers to upgrade the quality of care they give? I had this idea: If we could train caregivers (maybe racers too?) to conduct an audit or review of the …
By Seth Barnes

Our Adventures team cares for over 6,000 orphans daily. For a while now, I’ve wanted to help them do a better job. What if we equipped caregivers to upgrade the quality of care they give?

I had this idea:

If we could train caregivers (maybe racers too?) to conduct an audit or review of the best practices of the orphanages in which they serve, then they could take that information and help those orphanages improve.

I looked high and low, but I couldn’t find such an audit. So I drafted the one below. Please let me know what you think of it.

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Evaluate each of the following on a scale of 1-5 where 1=Unacceptable and 5=Excellent

Nutrition
    ______Nutritional quality of food
    ______Adequate supply of food
    ______Food tastes good
    ______Three meals a day
    ______Clean water
Notes:

Discipline
    ______Clear rules
    ______Children understand rules
    ______Staff trained in basics of discipline
    ______Standards established
    ______Balance with love
    ______No abuse
Notes:

Nurture
    ______Hugs
    ______Friendships
    ______Play-time
    ______Face-to-face conversation
    ______Mom and dad figures exist/attachment is critical
    ______Adequate adult presence
    ______Children say, “I feel special. I’m loved.”
Notes:

Community
    ______ Children say, “I belong. My siblings love me.”
    ______Pervasive sense of close family
    ______Relationships outside orphanage
    ______Children play well & play often
    ______Conversations cultivated
    ______Community cultivated
    ______Local church relationship
Notes:

Health Care
    ______Access to clinics/Limited sickness
    ______Access to clean toilets
    ______Access to baths/showers
    ______Sanitary facilities
    ______Adequate immunizations
Notes:

Education
    ______Quality
    ______Availability
    ______Cost
    ______Available for all ages
    ______Children educated to grade-level
Notes:

Daily personal care
    ______Potty training
    ______Daily cleaning – showers& teeth brushed
    ______Weekly cleaning – lice check & bedbugs
    ______Hair combed & regular hair cuts
    ______Learning self-care
    ______Daily physical fitness

Notes:

Clothing
    ______Quality
    ______Adequacy
    ______Quantity
    ______School clothes
Notes:

Discipleship
    ______Prayer
    ______Bible study
    ______One-to-one
    ______Regular worship
    ______Ministry
    ______Missions opportunities
Notes:

Environment
    ______Atmosphere in orphanage
    ______Claustrophobia factor
    ______Positivity of staff
    ______Play areas
    ______Safety
    ______Children able to leave premises daily
    ______Access to nature
Notes:

Funding
    ______Adequacy
    ______Regularity
    ______Cash flow
    ______Multiple sources
    ______Transparency
    ______Accountability
Notes:

Admin
    ______Staffing
    ______Accounting books
    ______Systems
    ______Structure
    ______Training
Notes:

Staff
    ______Maturity of staff
    ______Screening
    ______Training
    ______Ratio of kids/staff
    ______Staff receive adequate pay
Notes:

Leadership
    ______Leaders have raised children successfully
    ______Leaders have a plan
    ______Accountability
    ______Experience
    ______Desire to grow
Notes:

Counseling
    ______All children receive counseling
    ______Quality
    ______Regularity
    ______Staff receive counseling
    ______Follow-up for all
Notes:

Aftercare
    ______All children have a transition plan
    ______Percentage of children who transition to sustainabililty
    ______Children are discipled after leaving
    ______Adequate resources available
    ______Record-keeping shows progress of each graduate

    _____All children have birth certificates on file
Notes:

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