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Supporting to reform services for children with disabilities in Jordan | Fostering People

At Fostering People we were delighted to be given the opportunity to share our disability knowledge and practice with the Jordanian Government when we were approached by Lumos (a charity set up by J.K Rowling with a mission to end institutionalisation around the world by 2050).

August 20 2018 - 4 min read

At Fostering People we were delighted to be given the opportunity to share our disability knowledge and practice with the Jordanian Government when we were approached by Lumos (a charity set up by J.K Rowling with a mission to end institutionalisation around the world by 2050).

In July we met with the Minister for Social Development and the Director of the Higher Council for Affairs of Persons with Disabilities.

We took part in a Study Visit which aimed to support the Government of Jordan in their efforts to reform their services for children and adults with disabilities.  And to implement a de-institutionalisation programme to close the large institutions for children and adults with disabilities and set up family-based and community services.

Despite train delays, battles on the tube and 30 degree heat to contend with… we finally arrived in Central London and what an experience it was.

Sharing our knowledge and experiences with the Jordanian Government was extremely enjoyable and we were happy to answer any questions they had.

They were interested to learn more about the model we use for our Short Breaks scheme and how we recruit and support foster carers who want to care specifically for children with disabilities. They were also inspired by the approach we take to outcomes monitoring and were very pleased to hear of some of the achievements our young people have made.

Sam Jackson-Royle (CEO Martin James Foundation) also attended the visit with us and was able to discuss innovative ways of getting health support in to some of the refugee camps within Jordan.

Foster Carer Prospective

Kate, one of our Short Break Foster Carers took part in the study visit, as she explains.

‘It was a privilege and an honour to meet with members of the Jordanian Government. They were extremely friendly and very interested in what we do as an organisation. I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting and being able to share my experience of caring for children with disabilities, hopefully helping them in their mission to de-institutionalise children with disabilities.’