Current Model: Centralized Baby Care
All of our children are currently housed and cared for in our main baby house. Our Haitian staff provides primary care. We have a mix of international volunteers and Haitians who provide administrative and organizational support, and short-term volunteers assist in care and support of the children. Rooms are divided by ages and we keep a 3:1 child to nanny ratio (2:1 or 1:1 depending on the needs of the child).
New Model: Decentralized Baby Care
Under the new model, we will transition our children into smaller homes. Each home will include a variety of ages, genders, and needs. House Parents will be the main caregivers of the children in their home. They will operate as foster parents until each child is reunited with the biological family or adopted. House parents will be international volunteers committed to 2 years at a time and having been approved through an application and training process.
• Each home would have its own staff of Haitian nannies to assist with baby care, cleaning, laundry, and cooking.
• Each house parent will play a big role in determining the staffing needs and dynamics of the home. Each home will be different since no two house parents will be the same.
• Each home would house anywhere from 5-8 children of varying ages, depending on the needs of the children and the abilities of the House Parents.