Integration Pillar

Ensure that every child and youth become resilient and successfully integrated to society

This pillar works towards realizing these SDGs

Children, youth and families supported by Virlanie’s programs are all subjected to social exclusion, negative social beliefs and stigma. One of the most prevalent concerns among residential care institutions is the integration and inclusion of its beneficiaries in the society. Without these, they will forever become dependent on the said institution.  
The Integration Pillar is designed to help the children, youth and families at risk to decide which possible sustainable plan is best suited for them so they can become active members of society.

Our priority is to fast-track the reintegration of the children in a permanent family be it through family reunification, adoption or other alternative placement. When no family placement is possible, the children stay under our care until the age of 18.

In this case, the young adults are enabled to become self-reliant, productive and independent individuals through independent-living programs, livelihood opportunities and social entrepreneurship.

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THE FAMILY REUNIFICATION PROGRAM

The Family Reunification Program (FRP) aims at reunifying children with their relatives in the best possible conditions. The FRP social workers ensure that the services given are tailored to each family’s circumstances and addresses the issue that brought the child into Virlanie in the first place. The FRP follows four key phases to successfully reunite former street children with their families: the exploration phase aims at getting to know the family, the assessment phase allows us to analyze whether the family is capable of taking care of the child, the reunification phase allows the child to be reunited to his/her family. During the after care phase, the family is monitored to make sure the reunification went well and the family is well functioning.


35 children from different homes were reffered for assesment:

  • 23 are still in the process of assesment
  • 11 were officially reunified
  • are under trial discharge

Data from 2018. For more statistics, click to view Virlanie’s 2018 Annual Reports

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THE ADOPTION PROGRAM

New memories and experiences with a permanent family that will build their future are the new beginnings our children have through the adoption program.

When no family reunification is possible, adoption is one permanent alternative placement for children. Once the child is issued legally available for adoption, the process for local matching is done in most cases for very young children 0-2 years old.

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THE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM

The integration of young adults and women across the Street, Community, and Residential pillars is at the heart of the Social Entrepreneurship Program. We aim to empower them to become responsible individuals through employment and entrepreneurship—increasing financial self-sufficiency and personal capacities. The program plans to achieve these while also ensuring the environmental sustainability and Virlanie’s organizational sustainability through both cost reduction and income generation.

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FEATURING LIKHAYA BY VIRLANIE

Likhaya is Virlanie Foundation’s retail social enterprise specializing in socially-conscious, hand-made products crafted by community-based mothers.


THE INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM

In order to ensure successful exit of young adults turning 18, the Independent Living Program helps our young adults prepare for independent living. It is done through mentoring, livelihood skills and professional trainings before and during their transition towards a responsible, productive, and self-sustaining life.

“Virlanie was my home. The foundation supported my needs from shelter, food, clothes, and education. Through the Independent Living Program, I even had the chance to go to college.”

Paolo, 24,

an ex-ILP beneficiary who entered Virlanie when he was 6 and now works at Novotel (Virlanie partner)

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RONA, 25,
Ex-Independent Living Program Beneficiary

Rona was only 13 years old when she escaped her home because she was abused by her father. She ended up in the streets and tried to survive by calling passengers to go in jeepney and being a vendor in Lawton, Manila. After a few months, she ended up in Reception and Action Center where she met some Virlanie staff. Through this connection, she was then admitted in Virlanie Drop In Center. She grew-up in the Foundation’s residential program and caught up with school. Because of her family’s situation, her little sister was later welcomed in Virlanie.

She joined the ILP program at 18 years-old and underwent mentoring, livelihood skills and professional trainings. After being sent-off from Elizabeth Home for supervised independent living, she entered a boarding home and completed high school while working in a restaurant. Later on, she decided to start a University Degree in Business Administration and Management. She completed her 4-year degree while working. She graduated last year and started working in France Volontaires, an organization for French volunteers where she is in charge of doing administrative work such as processing the VISA application of the volunteers. At the same time, she was also giving some of her time to mentor the younger ILP beneficiaries.

In 2018, after 7 years of supervised independent living, she was sent-off the ILP Program for complete independence. She is pursuing her work in France Volontaires where she is performing well and being very appreciated by her colleagues and clients. Working in an international environment nurtured her will to work abroad in the coming years. She is now applying for jobs related to business administration in Europe.

“Virlanie has been the family that I was hoping for to support me in finding a path and the strength and determination to overcome the challenges and achieve my goals for the future”

Rona, 25,

ex-ILP and Elizabeth Home beneficiary

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Virlanie Foundation

Virlanie Foundation is a private, non-profit organization reaching out to street children in the Philippines. Virlanie cares for children in need of special protection—those who are abandoned, abused, exploited, neglected, orphaned, and among the poorest of the poor.

 

Phone

8-896-2289

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