Purpose of the Programme

•    The program aims to provide a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated approach to social service delivery families in order to enhance an independent,resilient and socially cohesive families.


•    Families are the main source of human capital development and thus need to empowered and strengthened to prevent vulnerability and possible disintegration of the family.
•    In terms of the life cycle approach families are continually subjected to change and are influenced by psychosocial change and rites of passage such as marriage, child rearing, death and retirement stages.
•    It is therefore vital to ensure that developmental programs are developed and implemented in line  with the needs of the community to support the optimal family functioning.
•    The effective utilization of family preservation programs / services will ensure that the following outcomes are achieved :
•    Family Preservation services will promote family life and strengthen families so that they can play their requisite role and responsibilities within their families.
•    Capacity building of parents will enhance the knowledge and skills of parents to nurture, support and guide their children / family members.
•    Marriage counseling , enrichment and preparatory program will improve and restore relations and improve stability amongst families.
•    Empowered  of service providers will be able to respond to the identified needs of the families / communities through rendering effective and efficient family preservation services.
•    From the advocacy and prevention programs the families will be aware of their rights, responsibilities, roles and available resources to create an enabling environment that  embark on the family as focal point of service delivery

Policy Mandates
•    Children’s Act 38 of 2005
•    Domestic Violence Act 116 of 2008
•    Probation Services Act 116 of 1991
•    Prevention and Treatment of Drug Dependence Act 20 of 1999
•    Divorce and Mediation Act 70 of 1979
•    Maintenance Act 99 of 1998
•    Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977
•    Mental Health Act 17 of 2002
•    Non Profit Organizations Act 71 of 1997
•    Draft National Family Policy (2008)

Situational Analysis
Families in the Northern Cape are undergoing tremendous changes and continue to experience difficulties in fulfilling their social roles due to the challenges they are facing.

Dysfunctionality within the family and the disintegration of family life impacts on the well being of family member and leads to the moral decay in families, thus affecting the fibre of society.
This is particularly so where there are high levels of poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, family violence, political strives, migration, urbanization and globalization.

These challenges mean that families cannot always rely on themselves to provide the possible environment and care for all family members.
Therefore the partnership between organs of state and stakeholders must be strengthened and maintained to ensure that integrated , comprehensive and holistic services are rendered to families.

Demands placed on parents to provide economically have led to children not getting the necessary attention at home. This is exacerbated by the number of single parent families in which one parent often a mother has to take prime responsibility for a range of needs including economic, emotional, educational and developmental.

The shift away from culture and religion being the social provider of norms and values has resulted in a general decay of moral values.

These factors have had a significant impact on the family as a main institution for instilling positive values, providing support and care to its members.

Analysis of constraints and measures planned to overcome them

•    Few NGO’s which provide  specialized services aimed at  promoting social cohesion within families.( currently 2 FAMSA  offices of which one is vacant and 4 satellite offices are in operation )
•    A need for coordination of integrated services to ensure the availability of community based programs which are in line with the needs of the families / communities.

 

•    Staff turnover at district and NGO’s, appointment of Social Workers on contract basis as well as a lack of resources impact negatively on service delivery.
•    Provision of continuous and structured supervision to Social Workers   influence their Professional Development and the effective provision of developmental services.
•    Service providers are not well acquainted with the family preservation approach thus they are unable to implement and maintain standardized family preservation services / programs