Children at Durbanville Children’s Home are between the ages of two and 18 and most of them are in contact with parents or other family members.
Durbanville Children’s Home does not facilitate adoptions. However, Magdalena Huis, another BADISA programme in Boston, could assist prospective parents with adoptions and can be contacted on 021 948 3637 or 021 949 1656.
Durbanville Children’s Home does not facilitate foster care placements. In order to gain more information about foster care placements, kindly contact:
Durbanville Children’s Home is very grateful for interest from students and schools and their enthusiasm to become involved with the Home. However, unfortunately there is limited space available at the Home each term. Therefore students are allowed on a “first come, first served” basis. Students who cannot be accommodated at Durbanville Children’s Home are referred elsewhere. Students are also welcome and encouraged to attend information sessions held at the Home on the last Tuesday of every month in order to obtain information for projects. See details of information sessions below.
In order to become a volunteer at Durbanville Children’s Home, interested parties need to attend a compulsory information session at the Home at 18:30 on the last Tuesday of every month from January to October. This is the first step to becoming a volunteer and all are welcome at the sessions without prior confirmation.
Provision is made in the Children’s Act for young people to obtain permission from the Department of Social Development to remain in the Children’s Home until the end of the year in which they turn 21 if the continued stay in the Children’s Home is necessary to enable that person to complete his or her education or training.
Not only do all facilities at Durbanville Children’s Home meet the minimum requirements stipulated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, but staff at the Home also believes in offering children every opportunity to reach their full potential. In order to achieve this, only the best quality is offered in all aspects ranging from accommodation to education. As a result, children from Durbanville Children’s Home have even represented South Africa in several different disciplines.
Durbanville Children’s Home does receive a government subsidy per capita. In order to receive this subsidy, the Home has to draw up an annual service plan and achieve certain contractually agreed outcomes and outputs.
Durbanville Children’s Home does not, and is not allowed to, test children for AIDS before they are accepted into the Home. Once the Home has become the child’s legal guardian, testing is only done if symptoms are displayed in order to give the child access to the best possible medical treatment. As a preventative measure, caregivers are trained to treat all children in the same way from the beginning of their stay. An example is the use of gloves at all times when treating wounds. This eliminates any noticeable differences should a child have a positive AIDS diagnosis.
Visitors are welcome at Durbanville Children’s Home. However, in order to minimise any disruptions of the Home’s routine and schooling or sporting activities, prior arrangements have to be made ahead of visits.
Children at Durbanville Children’s Home always need caring individuals to share the responsibility for their well-being now and in future. All contributions make it possible for the Home to help and educate children to help themselves in the future, instead of leaving them to their own devices and a life of hopelessness and poverty. Contributions can be made in any of the following ways:
Monthly contributions through the Sponsor a Child project
The first step for anyone wanting to become involved in our volunteer programme is to attend one of our compulsory information sessions which are held on the last Tuesday of every month except December. The information sessions begin at 18:30 until 19:30 at the Durbanville Children’s Home, and all aspects of our volunteer programme are discussed. We also hand out application forms and we explain the various processes and procedures that follow. Unfortunately it is not possible to obtain an application form in any other way. You have to please attend an information session first.
The following documents are required when applying to be part of our volunteer programme:
Completed application form (handed out at info sessions only) with three contactable references
A certified copy of your ID
A valid police clearance certificate
We have a separate recruitment process for international volunteers. Please contact the volunteer manager for more information.
If you are interested in working with children, please know that before you begin working as a volunteer you will need to hand in a valid police clearance certificate along with your other application documents. Police clearance certificates are a legal requirement of the South African Child Care Act and must be adhered to. These certificates are essential in ensuring the safety of our children, which is our first priority at all times.
Applying for and obtaining a police clearance certificate is the responsibility of the individual. You can apply at most police stations, and Durbanville Police Station is also able to assist you with your application. The certificates cost R96 and take approximately six weeks to process. The police station will require your ID document and your fingerprints will be taken.