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In addition to our work in-country, we seek to build partnerships across borders to help advance our mission to match vulnerable children with loving families.

Department of Social Welfare

The Ghanaian Ministry for Youth, Education and Manpower’s Department of Social Welfare (DSW) has stewardship over the abandoned and orphaned children of Ghana and is responsible for monitoring the operation and registration of children’s homes throughout the country through the implementation of the Child Care Reform Initiative (CRI). The DSW is our primary governmental partner as we work to advance the wellbeing of Ghana’s orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) population. We believe that this close relationship is key to Kaeme's success. Helena Obeng-Asamoah, director of the Child Rights and Protection division, is helping to foster the country-wide implementation of Kaeme.

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As part of this mandate, the DSW seeks to move children out of orphanages and into family-based care whenever possible. The DSW envisions leaving four specialized homes open in each region for battered women and their children, special needs youth, and transitional housing centers. The rest of the homes will be re-purposed into day-care centers and community centers. As part of this vision, children will be reunified with relatives or placed in foster or adoptive homes whenever possible, ensuring a child to caregiver ratio of no more than 6:1.

This agency is, however, confronted by an enormous challenge: there are over 160 orphanages in Ghana, only 3 of which are legally registered; the locations of these homes may not be precisely known; most social workers and DSW administrators lack access to cars, internet or reliable communications. These factors make the DSW’s task incredibly difficult – and provides Kaeme the opportunity to make a meaningful impact by providing well-trained volunteers and staff, technological expertise, additional resources and access to international partnerships.

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The student labor force supporting Kaeme’s administrative operations is incubated in this umbrella organization, which supports a number of projects overseen by Dr. Michael McCullough and Dr. Jennifer Miller. As part of their relationship with www.beagooddoctor.org, Kaeme also gets 10:1 financial leverage when hiring stanford students who are on financial aid. In addition to maximizing our resources, this also ensures that low-income students are afforded the opportunity to enjoy a meaningful work experience, grow into leadership roles and make the most of their time in school – even as they work to better the lives of orphans and vulnerable children throughout the world.

Hague-Accredited Adoption Services

The 1996 Hague Convention is an international treaty designed to protect children from abuse, neglect and exploitation. Among its provisions, the Convention outlines a specific protocol for adoption. We partner with U.S. adoption services accredited per the Hague Convention’s standards, allowing them to access the profiles of those children deemed eligible for adoption.

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Tens of thousands of American families are waiting to adopt – these are families waiting to be made. Use of our database allows parents to make informed decisions about adopting, and facilitates making the child-family match. Beyond the vital statistics and basic information required for processing international adoptions, our profiles also capture the vivid personalities of these children, allowing prospective parents to meaningfully evaluate how a given child would fit into their family.

Children's Homes and Orphanages

In Ghana alone there are 160 orphanages housing anywhere from 3 to 80+ children—and only 3 are officially registered with the DSW. Though well-intentioned, many of these homes face major resource challenges. Furthermore, many studies have found that institutionalized care is highly detrimental to child development and growth – even under the best of circumstances. Although many of these institutions are not fit to function as orphanages or children’s homes, they do have the resources to continue aiding children as schools, daycare centers, etc. The DSW hopes to repurpose those homes that do not meet the CRI standards into new types of institutions so that the existing resources and staff can continue to care for the best interest of the children.

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Kaeme’s visits to the orphanages are intended to be non-threatening and beneficial to managers, as we can aid them to complete the records that the DSW requires them to keep for each child. The managers can also work with the DSW representatives who travel with us to learn about the re-purposing of the home. So far, many orphanages have expressed interest in helping children return to their families and re-purposing the home to continue aiding children and the surrounding community. As such, we hope to assist orphanages to meet the requirements of recent Ghanaian legislation, including the CRI and Children's Act.

Charities, Clinics and Schools

Kaeme’s volunteer force in Ghana, composed of students from the top American universities, also works with other Ghanaian institutions. For example, we seek out partnerships with clinics and hospitals, where our volunteers (many of whom have received special training in U.S. emergency rooms) can aid doctors and nurses as they seek to provide medical care. We also work with schools, educational programs, and other non-profit or development projects.

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As a result, our volunteers are able to a more well-rounded experience in Ghana and give back to local communities beyond the walls of orphanages. We also seek to utilize these partnerships to facilitate health screenings and other services for the children we profile.