Established in 1975

 

KAISAHANG BUHAY FOUNDATION, INC.

 

 

"Every child deserves a loving and permanent family."

SERVICE FOR SINGLE MOTHERS

thumb_Jong-2_1024Through the Nazareth Home, KBF provides comprehensive care for pregnant women and girls (whether single or married) who are in crisis situations. Such care includes shelter, food, pre-natal care, delivery and post-natal care, work therapy, values and spiritual formation, financial assistance, skills training, personality development and family reunification. Counseling is given, focusing on family preservation and permanency planning for the child.

Priority for admission is given to mothers who are pregnant for the first time and at any stage of pregnancy. Expectant mothers who are on their second or subsequent pregnancy may also be admitted on a case to case basis for as long as it is their first time in Nazareth Home.

The Home provides a safe, theraputic milieu where the mothers can reflect and make plans for themselves and their babies. They are usually accepted in the last trimester of their pregnancy and may stay up to one month after delivery.

 

Rationale for the Service

The number of unwanted pregnancies is alarmingly high. The causes range from adolescents engaging in premarital sex; to married women who are unable to care for and support yet another mouth to feed, or who became involved in extra-marital relationships; to cases of rape or incest. Too often, the mothers resort to abortion or simply abandon their newborn babies in hospitals or in public in the hope that some kind soul will find them.

 

Philosophical Basis

KBF believes that every woman has worth and dignity, is inherently responsible, can change and participate in the solution of her problems, and can achieve personal growth and development. Therefore, she must be given the opportunity to be healed and to rebuild her life following a crisis situation.

KBF further believes that every life – of mothers and their babies – is scared and must be protected.

 

Legal Basis

Presidential Decree 603, Article 66, “Assistance to Unmarried Mothers and Their Children” states that any unmarried mother may, before and after the birth of her child, seek the assistance and advice of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) or any duly licensed child caring or child placement agency.

Republic Act 7192, the “Women in Development and Nation Building Act,” states that women must be given equal opportunity and shall be protected and given specialized professional services, most especially during preganancy.

 

Objectives of the Service

bullet  To ensure that the babies of Nazareth Home mothers are born safely and in good health.
bullet  To enable the mothers to regain self-worth, dignity and normal social functioning following a crisis situation.
bullet  To assist the mothers – whether single or married – to reconnect with their families for support whenever feasible.
bullet  To enable the mothers to decide on and make future plans with a focus on keeping their babies (family preservation).
bullet  To facilitate employment or income generating opportunities for the mothers as a means for them to keep and support their babies.
bullet  To provide and advice to the mothers in choosing the best plan for their babies, should they be considering surrendering them for adoption.
bullet  To contribute towards decreasing the number of mothers who resort to abortion or abandonment of their babies

 

Description of the Home

Nazareth Home is owned and operated by KBF, and is staffed by a licensed social worker, two house mothers and a midwife on call. It is a split-level house with four bedrooms, a counseling room, receiving room, dining area, kitchen and laundry area. It can accommodate a maximum of 20 mothers at any given time.

 

Process from Admission to After Care

Step 1: Inquiry / Referral

bullet  Phone call, office visit or referral


Step 2: Application

bullet  Intake interview
bullet  Submission of requirements / supporting documents (with the assistance of KBF social workers)
bullet  Laboratory requirements:

Complete blood count (CBC), urinalysis, blood type, Hepa-B Antigen Test (HSBAG), vaginal gram stain, HIV test (optional)

bullet  Others:

Photo, identification card, residence certificate (community tax certificate), psychological evaluation (optional)


Step 3: Admission

bullet  Inventory of personal belongings
bullet  Assignment of room and bed
bullet  Issuance of beddings, toiletries and clothing (when needed)
bullet  Orientation of house rules, chores and daily activities


Step 4: Social Case Study

bullet  Home visit to relatives/significant others (when feasible)
bullet  Collateral interview
bullet  Completion of case study report


Step 5: In-house Care

bullet  Pre-natal checkups
bullet  Assistance with delivery
bullet  Post-natal care
bullet  Assistance with newborn care and breastfeeding (especially for first-time mothers)
bullet  Pediatric examination of newborn
bullet  Initial immunizations and newborn screening


Step 6: After Care

bullet  Referral for counseling
bullet  Referral for employment
bullet  Exit interview

 


For more information, contact KBF at:

#56 10th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City 1109, Philippines

Tel. nos. (+63)2-912-1159
Fax no. (+63)2-912-1160
Mobile: (+63)917-311-4795
Email: kbf@kbf.ph