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HOW DO YOU FOLLOW UP WITH THE CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES TO ENSURE THEY ARE STABLE AND WILL NOT BE FORCED TO RETURN TO A LIFE OF TRAFFICKING?The rescued children are provided with medical and psychosocial support and then reunited with their families. They are provided with reintegration assistance, including access to education, counseling and/or apprenticeships for them and their families. In some cases, micro-business assistance is also provided. BTCTE employs its own social workers to work with formerly trafficked children. The responsibilities of the counter-trafficking social worker include: Providing counseling to formerly trafficked children and families affected by child trafficking within their communities; Drafting reports on sponsored children, including progress on children, photos, drawings, and other relevant information; Organizing files and data on donor sponsored children; Maintaining a strong liaison among BTCTE and its partners including International Justice Mission, International Needs, Challenging Heights, Ghana Microfinance etc.
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT IS PROVIDED TO RESCUED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES?BTCTE provides extensive counseling to both the child(ren) and their parent(s)/guardian(s) and ensures educational support for the children (including the provision of school needs till they achieve independence). BTCTE also works with the parents to address the root causes of child trafficking, which are usually related to poverty and ignorance, through a) support for income-generating activities; b) education, such as through the child trafficking toolkit; and c) continuous counseling.
AFTER A CHILD IS SAVED WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION OR TRAINING ARE THEY OFFERED TO HELP THEM TO ACHIEVE A PRODUCTIVE LIFE?BTCTE in partnership with local educational directorates assess the reintegrated children for formal education and vocational training placement. BTCTE provides education support to children (school and exam fees, uniforms, books, etc), as well as apprenticeships to older children. Apprenticeships may include enrollment and graduation fees, as well as tools and equipment. Some of the most preferred vocations are dress-making, automobile mechanics and hair-dressing (cosmetology). In some circumstances, BTCTE provides support at the high school and possibly the university levels for formerly trafficked children who show exceptional promise.
Rescuing children, securing safety and
education, building bright futures
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