DOMESTIC ADOPTION SERVICE – In 1985, KBF became the first private child and family welfare organization to be licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to implement adoption of Filipino children by Filipino families. Today, it is one of only two NGOs that have been so accredited.
KBF’s Domestic Adoption service involves:
INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION LIAISON SERVICE – Intercountry adoption has become an alternative for Filipino children who are not adopted locally by Filipino families. KBF provides liaison services to international child and family welfare organizations that have been accredited by the DSWD for adoption placement of Filipino children with the adoptive families of these agencies. Such placement is done in coordination with the Intercountry Adoption Board (ICAB) of the DSWD.
Currently, KBF is the Philippine liaison agency for Holt International Children’s Services, USA; Les Amis Enfants Du Monde (AEM), France; Sourires d’Enfants, Belgium; Netherlands Intercountry Child Welfare Organization (Wereldkinderen), The Netherlands; and Humanikat, Israel.
SERVICE FOR SINGLE MOTHERS – Through its Nazareth Home, KBF provides expectant mothers with a holistic and rehabilitative service which includes food, shelter, medical care (pre-natal, childbirth, post-natal through the hospital), casework and counseling, value formation and spiritual growth, skills training, personality development and family therapy. The counseling is focused on family preservation and permanency planning for the child.
Nazareth Home is owned and operated by KBF, and is staffed by licensed social workers with a midwife and/or obstetrician-gynecologist on call. It can accommodate 20 mothers at any given time.
FOSTER CARE SERVICE – KBF offers temporary substitute family care for children – newborn to 2 years old – whose birth families are unable to care for them, either temporarily or permanently. While awaiting return to their birth families or permanent placement in an adoptive family, the children are taken in by licensed foster families who provide a safe and stimulating family environment for their growth and development.
KBF maintains a pool of licensed foster families in Manila, Region III, Region VII and Region XI. It also recruits, assesses, develops and licenses foster families through the DSWD for ready placement of children in need of temporary care.
DAY CARE SERVICE – KBF provides daytime care to pre-school children, 3 to under 6 years old, of low-income families whose mothers are working and/or unable to provide early childhood care and school preparation to their children. This service is designed to provide children with socialization and nurturing for total development – spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical. Daily supplemental feeding is one of its special features.
KBF currently operates Day Care Centers in six barangays in Quezon City and Marikina City.
INDEPENDENT LIVING AND EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICE – The ILEA Service enables youths in their late teens – who have become ineligible for further stay in institutions and orphanages, who have no families to return to or who have not been adopted – to obtain education to prepare them for independent, decent and self-reliant living.
This includes the operation of a group home where the ILEA scholars live by themselves under the supervision of a licensed social worker and houseparents. Here, they learn home/life skills (e.g., budgeting, marketing, menu planning, cooking, cleaning and laundering), while fulfilling their academic requirements. Upon graduation from high school or college, they are also assisted in finding gainful employment to support themselves as they leave the ILEA program.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH SERVICE – KBF conducts community organizing among the families of its Day Care children and other disadvantaged families in the same communities. The goal is to help empower them socially and economically through skills training, capital assistance, and seminars on effective parenting and moral values.
SPONSORSHIP SERVICE – KBF serves as the conduit for Holt International Children’s Services, Inc. Sponsorship Program in the Philippines. At present, it coordinates with five government and seven non-government child caring agencies in different parts of the country, which are beneficiaries of monthly grants from Holt to help improve the quality of service to children in their care.