UISG Establishes Catholic Care for Children International

UISG Establishes Catholic Care for Children International

The International Union of Superiors General (UISG) is launching a new project: Catholic Care for Children International (CCCI).  This sister-led effort will help religious institutes, especially those with a charism of care for children, to provide children with the highest quality care possible.  It aims to see every child growing up in a safe, loving family or family-like environment.

Online Launch Event

FRIDAY OCTOBER 2 FROM 3.00pm-4.30pm (Rome time) UISG-CCCI  WILL LAUNCH THIS GLOBAL INITIATIVE (Recording of the launching: English only)

CCCI Vision: To create a world where every child grows up in a safe, loving family or supportive community.

CCCI Mission: To help religious institutes with a charism of care to read the signs of the times and provide the best care possible for children and vulnerable persons, in particular: to reduce recourse to institutional care and to encourage family- and community-based care for children.

Catholic Care for Children International: history and mission

The beginnings of Catholic Care for Children International trace to a two-day workshop, “Sowing Hope for Children in Our Care,” which was held in conjunction with the 2019 UISG Triennial Assembly and co-hosted with GHR Foundation.  Superiors and other stakeholders considered how to express a charism of care today, especially in light of what is known about the risks associated with residential care and the benefits of family- and community-based care for children.  The workshop highlighted inspiring work already underway through the Sisters of St. Joseph in New York, Good Shepherd Sisters in Sri Lanka, and Cabrini Sisters in Swaziland, where each group of sisters is working to ensure a loving family for every child.  Participants were also impressed with the national associations of religious in Zambia, Uganda, and Kenya, whose members are working to reduce recourse to institutional care and to promote family- and community-based care for children.[1]

Reading the signs of the times, those who attended the “Sowing Hope for Children in Our Care” workshop encouraged UISG to expand the conversations so women religious across the globe could consider how to express a charism of care today in ways that honor a child’s right to family life.  CCCI will be a means to do so.

The scope of this issue is immense.  Every person’s existence begins in a family, the natural environment for the growth, wellbeing and protection of children.  But an estimated 8 million children across the globe are separated from the love, nurture, and protection of family.  Many are living in “orphanages,” although most have at least one living parent.

For sound development, a child needs to be nurtured and to develop a sense of belonging that only a family can fully provide.  Pope Francis speaks to the importance of family life and the blessings it bestows on children:   “Children, once born, begin to receive, along with nourishment and care, the spiritual gift of knowing with certainty that they are loved…In this way, they learn that the beauty of human relationships touches our soul, seeks our freedom, accepts the difference of others, recognizes and respects them as a partner in dialogue…Such is love, and it contains a spark of God’s love!”[2]

Under the aegis of the International Union of Superiors General and with assistance from GHR Foundation, Catholic Care for Children International will support women religious in championing family- and community-based approaches to care for children.  It is envisioned as a network of networks, working closely with and learning from Catholic Care for Children in Uganda, in Zambia and in Kenya.  CCCI will provide opportunities to reflect on charism and learn from best practices.  It will promote collaboration and robust safeguarding practices for children and vulnerable adults.   It will convene leaders and others concerned with the wellbeing of children in Catholic care.  CCCI will resource the Catholic Care for Children movement by developing and sharing needed resources.

For women religious, this is an important moment in time.   Assuming responsibility for a child outside of family care is a profound moral responsibility.  We must ensure that all in our care are safe and have every opportunity to flourish.  In launching CCCI, UISG prayerfully embraces this obligation.

Listen to The experience of Gerri Anne McMakin

Watch the testimony of Sr Nadia Coppa, Superior General of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ



[1] The Association of Religious in Uganda is sponsor of Catholic Care for Children in Uganda (CCCU); the Zambia Association of Sisterhoods is sponsor of Catholic Care for Children in Zambia (CCCZ); the Association of Sisterhoods of Kenya is sponsor of Catholic Care for Children in Kenya (CCCK).

[2]  Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia, 172.

6 thoughts on “UISG Establishes Catholic Care for Children International

  1.   SR.KOJOA MAUREEN says:

    Moyo Babies Home was established in 1948 by the Comboni Sisters (Verona Sisters), and in 1983 it was handed over to the native sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus-Moyo who have run the home up to date.
    In 1993 the Babies Home was approved by the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development as a care centre for motherless babies and abandoned babies from day 1 to 5 years of age. The Facility accommodates 66 Babies and children and the Home has been renewed for 5 years that means every after 5 years the Home is to be renewed from the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development.
    At the age of 5 years, it is expected that the children are mature enough and can be resettled in their respective communities. If this fails, in some cases the child is transferred to the Redeemer Children’s Home – another care centre for children of 5 years and above also run by the native Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

    The Home receives babies from as far as Southern Sudan and other parts of Uganda without religious segregation (Discrimination).
    This home is located in Moyo District at Moyo Catholic Mission, just a distance of about half a kilometre from Moyo Town centre.
    However, ”Best Place for children to Grow is the Family”-Moyo Babies Home is looking forward to transitioning from Institution Care to Family Base Care” Hence seeking financial support to implement this program to ensure children are brought up according to the below Vision,Mission and Objectives.

    Children live descent life with Basic Integral Formation and Education like others
    To provide Basic Human Formation and Growth by instilling Spiritual, Religious, Moral and Social Values for Holistic character formation
    To ensure that these vulnerable orphans and Abandoned children are re-settled among their relatives and are Socially Integrated in the communities and become useful citizens
    (a) To provide a descent Home and Environment for Orphaned and Abandoned babies (age 0-5 years) who otherwise had no chance of living
    (b) To promote the life of the Vulnerable children and provide both Human and Material support for better early childhood formation and Education
    (c) To provide early Religious Formation to the Vulnerable orphaned children

  2. Your goal is truly admirable. However reality cannot be overlooked. In Kenya, where I worked with Street Children for more that a decade, most of the children did not recall a father or mother as I interviewed them when I had to fill out multiple papers for the Children Court once we succeeded in getting the Home registered. We attempted to allow them the experience of family by seeking out willing parishioners who “foster the children” during their school breaks. Kenyan education works on a tri-mester basis and every three months the children have a longer holiday. These are times they spend with their “families.” The village I worked in, principally, has very meager opportunity for employment, so no foster family would be able to support an extra child through the growing up process, education and necessary medical expenses. We do the best we can to give the children a surrogate family.

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