CSC has three homes on our main campus. The children living in each home range in age from newborns to teenagers and will live in the same home they are welcomed into on their first day until they are adopted, reunited with their birth parents or move into the Teen Home.
Each home is unique but they are all places of laughter, community, and health. Kids sleep in their own beds in a room shared by with a couple other children, enjoy regular meals, do homework, play, and celebrate birthdays together. The home is where we meet the nutritional, emotional, and spiritual needs of children.
Leading each home is a Filipino house mother and house father, a married couple living in an adjoining apartment. As a key part of our Child Development team, houseparents provide the core support and guidance children need. Our children can often be found participating in the basic functions of a house but CSC also employs over 75 people to manage cooking, safety, laundry, cleanliness, and childcare. To ensure the safety of our kids, each house is staffed 24 hours a day, every day. Those childcare workers are assigned to one home so bonds can develop between children and staff.
CSC also operates an off-campus residence. The Wally Johnson Teen Home exists to serve our young adults who were not adopted. Here, young people continue their education to prepare them for entry into mainstream Philippine life. All of these young men and women are in high school, trade school or college, or are beginning their careers. They do not move out until they are ready to, we maintain no arbitrary age maximums.
Almost all of our children come to us having lice and parasites. Many of them are struggling to overcome a disease or malnutrition. About 30% of our children have special needs, including cerebral palsy, blindness, or brain damage. Upon arriving at CSC children are usually isolated in our infirmary while our medical personnel care for them, bringing them to health. As children grow, CSC makes sure each child receives necessary medical care, including examinations medicines, hospitalization, tests and surgery.
CSC provides counseling services to the children in our care. This is done individually, or by sibling groups or age groups as needed. Our Filipino staff is fluently able to communicate in whichever language the children feel most comfortable expressing themselves (typically Cebuano, but Tagalog and English as well). By having access to this service our children are able to talk through feelings of confusion, abandonment, anger, and shame. Counseling also gives children the chance to talk through the possibility of their adoption, letting them safely express their hopes and fears.
If children are not able to return to their birth families, CSC makes sure that each child becomes eligible for adoption. This can be a long process of collecting vital documents and tracking child development. Our team of social workers and child development staff diligently builds a file on each child, doing everything possible to promote entire sibling groups as the adoptable unit.
CSC is not an adoption agency and we are not an appropriate contact point for families looking to adopt. We exist to serve the children living in the Philippines. If you are interested in adopting a child from the Philippines please visit this information page.