Family Tracing and Dialogue Program for a Remandee @ Kisumu Children Remand Home

Activity Report

Location: Field Work
Activity Date: 26.02.2024
Start Time: 6:00 AM   End Time: 5:00 PM

Facilitators: Thomas Ogalo, Maxwell Aketch, Samambo Johannes, Zoey Peters & Mr. Steve (Siaya County Children Officer)
Number of Participants: 7
Male: 5   Female: 2

Activity Purpose/ Summary:
On Monday, February 26, 2024, our team embarked on a significant mission to the Siaya County Children Office. This initiative was driven by our commitment to pursue a care and protection case assigned to us by the Kisumu Children Remand Home. The primary objective of the day was to locate the family of our assigned remandee and orchestrate a family dialogue aimed at determining the optimal and most fitting solution for the well-being of the young boy in question.

The visit involved comprehensive efforts to trace the whereabouts of the remandee’s family. Our team engaged with the officials at the Siaya County Children Office to gather essential information and collaborate on the case. The purpose was not only to reunite the child with his family but also to facilitate a constructive and open dialogue to understand the unique circumstances surrounding the case.

Throughout the day, our activities included:

– Coordination with Siaya County Children Office: We liaised closely with the local authorities to share insights from our case and leverage their expertise in locating the family.

– Family Dialogue Facilitation: Upon successfully locating the boy’s mother, we initiated a dialogue session. The aim was to foster communication, understand the underlying issues, and collaboratively devise the most suitable solution for the well-being and future prospects of the young boy.

– Case Evaluation: We worked unitedly with the Siaya County Children Office to assess the broader context of the care and protection case. This included reviewing the child’s history, family dynamics, and any contributing factors to ensure a comprehensive understanding.

By the end of the day, our team made substantial progress in our mission, taking significant steps toward resolving the care and protection case. The collaboration with the Siaya County Children Office and the facilitated dialogue marked positive strides toward the ultimate goal of securing a better future for the young boy under our care.

Personnel Input:
Thomas assumed the role of designated driver and provided invaluable support by counseling the boy’s mother. Meanwhile, Samambo, as the lead caseworker, shared crucial insights that shaped our dialogue and tracing efforts. Zoey’s presence with the boy during pivotal moments proved to be indispensable.

1. We gained a profound insight into the situation, considering both the perspectives of the child and the mother.
2. Successfully reuniting the boy with his mother, despite eight months of separation, even if only for a brief period, marked a significant achievement.

Unanticipated Achievements:
Locating and reuniting with the mother stood atop our list of anticipated accomplishments for the day.

Supporting Partners:
1.Kisumu Children Remand Home
2. Directorate of Children Services – Siaya county Office

February 26, 2024

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