Do you work in a children’s home and have wondered whether moving children to family care is possible? Join Sisters worldwide to explore WHY children need families and HOW your program can safely move children to family care.
This online course consists of 8 content and training modules focused on moving toward family solutions for children. Each module consists of self-paced coursework to be completed before live discussion sessions. Both self-paced coursework and live sessions are required to complete the course.
Self-paced coursework will require 2-3 hours each week, followed by 2-hour live discussion sessions.
Sisters around the world who:
- Are engaged in working with or supporting care in residential settings (i.e., orphanage, children’s home, etc.)
- Speak English at a professional level, as all content is currently in English
- Are comfortable participating in group discussions, as each student will be expected to contribute
- Have 4-5 hours per week to devote to coursework and live sessions, as this is a professional-level course
- Have internet connectivity able to support sustained video access for 2+ hours
- Believe family is the ideal setting for children
- Desire to be part of moving children toward family care
How It Works
- Apply. You can apply for the class at any time by completing this form.
- Review. Each application will be reviewed before the next course section.
- Some candidates may be added right away.
- Some candidates will be added to a waiting list and considered for future course sections.
- Some candidates may be a better fit for other opportunities.
- Register. If you are selected for the course, you will be sent a welcome email with information about how to register for the course.
Each module will include proven principles, case studies and examples, reflection and synthesis, and connection with other leaders.
Module 1: Engagement
Who needs to be invited into the transition process, and how?
Module 2: Fundraising
What are my program’s strengths and areas needing refinement as we move towards family solutions?
Module 3: Community Mapping & Partnership
How can we work together to support children in families?
Module 4: Child Placement
How can we use to ensure care is in the best interest of children?
Module 5: Family Assessment & Support
How do we assess and support families to ensure safe placement?
Module 6: Asset Transition
What will happen to our caregivers, staff, and physical property if we transition to family care?
Module 7: Monitoring & Evaluation
How will we ensure we meet our goal to see children in families?
Frequently Asked Questions
What time are classes?
All meetings will be on Wednesdays at 12:00 PM GMT for 2 hours. See what time that is in your time zone here.
What dates are the classes?
The Moving Towards Family Solutions course is offered on a rolling basis. You can apply any time to be added to the waiting list and informed of the next class dates.
How do I apply for the class?
You can apply for the class at any time by completing this form. Once your application has been received, it will be reviewed by a selection committee. If you are selected as a participant for the next course, you will receive an email about how to register for the online learning platform. You will be added to the waiting list if you are not selected for the next course.
Do I need to work for a children’s home for this class to benefit me?
Not necessarily. Those working for a children’s home will be especially prepared to complete this course. However, if you are on the board of a children’s home, are in leadership over a group of children’s homes, are currently working to change the child welfare system in your region to support family care for children, or have another particular interest in care for vulnerable children and families, this course may be a fit. There is a section in the application to describe your interest in the course.
Does this course have a certificate?
Yes, students that successfully complete the course requirements will receive a certificate.
What do I need to do prior to the course?
As soon as you are invited to the course, you will need to register on the course platform and join the course WhatsApp group. Instructions for both of these will be included in the welcome email.
Will this course have homework?
Yes, this course will have 2-3 hours of homework per week.
How much does this course cost?
CCCI is pleased to offer this course at no cost to qualified applicants committed to completing all course requirements.
Will this course meet in person?
This course will have weekly live discussions with all participants, but all interactions will occur online.
I would like to take the course, but I would miss some of the live sessions. Should I still apply?
Participants should plan to attend all live sessions. Please keep in mind there is limited space for each course. If you know you will need to miss a session, please wait to take the course so that another Sister can have your spot. However, you can apply and note the dates in conflict as part of the application. You will then be added to the wait list and considered for future courses.
What kind of technology does this course require?
This course is entirely internet-based. You will need internet consistent enough to sustain audio via the internet. Sustained video capability is strongly recommended. If you live or work in a place with limited internet, we encourage you to work to identify a nearby location such as a church, NGO, business, home, or internet cafe with better connection that would allow you to participate more fully.
Although phones may work to participate in parts of the course, computers or tablets are strongly recommended. Coursework includes typing, and live sessions will include a variety of interactive exercises. Again, if you don’t own a computer or laptop, see whether it might be possible to borrow one for the course duration.