Path to Certification

November 2, 2022

At A Child’s Hope Foundation, we believe it’s important to ensure that your donations go to homes that are taking excellent care of the kids. To ensure this, we only partner with homes after they have been properly reviewed and we give special consideration to those that have been certified.

The first home certified
On August 10th, Casa Hogar Eben-ezer in Baja Mexico was certified and a ceremony was held for the achievement. The ceremony was attended by Eva and Freddy Duarte, the orphanage directors, the Baja Regional team, orphanage leadership, members of Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF, the Mexican institution that helps with family integration) the, and members of the local congregation and community. The kids created homemade, hand-crafted decor for the ceremony and some got up to express their gratitude to Eva and Freddy for the home they created for them. We are so happy to continue supporting them and helping them create a happy home for the kids.
The Rights of a Child
We believe that kids have the right to enjoy safety, nutrition, healthcare, quality education, and guidance. In order to ensure that the homes we support are safe and provide kids with the utmost care and living conditions, we certify orphanages only after they have met certain criteria and requirements. The process to get certified is by no means a quick check off, but rather a consistent show of care and well-being for the kids shown over a period of time.
Steps to certification

There are a few necessary steps to getting certified. The path goes like this:

  1. The orphanages take part in a Thrive Assessment every six months. The Thrive Assessment is a tool used to assess the ability of the orphanage to meet a child’s needs. Each orphanage has to score an 8.5 or higher on their Thrive Assessment to continue their path to certification

  2. An outside auditor reviews their finances, and various other individuals who have visited the home are asked to share observations regarding key areas of nutrition, physical safety, quality of caregiving, education, mental health support, and medical care.

  3. Following the success of a Thrive Assessment, the caregivers of an orphanage have to receive specific training to help care for children that may be dealing with trauma. This ensures that the proper care is being given to all children, no matter what they may have gone through prior to arriving at the orphanage.

  4. Once a home has shown continuous quality care for the rights of kids, a final interview is held and then a home can be certified

get involved

We are so proud of the homes we have certified and acknowledge the work and effort they have put into creating a home where children can thrive.

If you want to help the homes that have been certified continue to be happy homes for kids, sign up for the Aunt and Uncle program. This program connects you to these homes and gives you the opportunity to provide consistent support to the kids. Check out this page for details on how to sign up today!