This was the message yesterday during the third and final day of a summit of One Child One Family: Hope and Homes for Children South Africa.
The event focused on children placed at care centres in Gauteng and was themed “Let us all protect children to move South Africa forward”.
Deputy Director-General in the department Onkemetse Kabasia said for children to grow up they needed proper family structures.
He said placing children in institutions for lengthy periods, rather than placing them in foster care, negatively affected them. Kabasia said they struggled to have relationships. He said institutions should be a last resort.
“If de-institutionalisation is not implemented correctly, it will have a negative impact on the well-being of children. We need to reduce the average length of stay over a period of time,” Kabasia said....
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