Living day to day in Haiti is a constant struggle for many families, and having a child with disabilities is often seen as having an additional burden. Very few individuals are educated on disabilities, and therefore the children are often neglected, abandoned, seen as a curse, and even directed to voodoo leaders for treatment. At Footprints of the Son, we believe it is imperative to come alongside of these families and help guide them and advocate for their child to be a valued and loved member of their family.
Footprints of the Son strives and advocates for family preservation through our outreach program. It is our desire for children with disabilities to remain in their families, and to receive the necessary care and assistance they need to not only survive, but thrive! Our outreach program consists of over forty-five families raising children with disabilities in Haiti, and it is continuously growing. We are seeing these families develop in amazing ways as they embrace, love, and put value on their children with disabilities.
When a family becomes part of the Footprints of the Son outreach program, we conduct an initial survey and assessment. We work with the family to prioritize their needs and determine which services would best help both the child and family. We visit each family at their home at least twice a month, and maintain constant contact with them so they never feel lost or alone. We work within the communities the outreach families live in to foster compassion and encourage acceptance from their neighbors.