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  Treat Kids With Love
2022/06/14 | editor
 

Oftentimes, children entering Pei-Hsin Home—an emergency foster care—were either removed from a dysfunctional family or assessed by the Department of Social Welfare as in need of short-term placements. These children were plagued by fears, such as being forgotten by their biological family members or not being able to return to their original homes.
 

"Why can't I go home?" one kid asked.

 

The majority of children coming into Pei-Hsin Home resisted developing any relationship with the staff because they missed their home. By exploring and soothing these children's fears, together with genuine presence and guidance, we could expect their lives to change upon the development of trust and security.

Slowly and gradually, these children would stop clinging to defensive attitudes and share their feelings more openly. It had been a rather long and difficult journey for the children, and for the staff as well, but if the staff could deliver love with consistency, these children would go slowly in the right direction and learn to love themselves and love others as themselves.

Some children who came into Pei-Hsin Home cursed out people in a way that you did not expect to hear coming from a kid. Some even used physical violence against the staff. It was true that childhood history had a profound impact on a child's personality.

The average age of children living in Pei-Hsin Home was 15 years. Ăn, who reached puberty, had symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity. When he got angry, he would hit and swear at the staff. While expression of feelings was okay, children with sensory processing disorders like Ăn always expressed feelings in inappropriate ways.

The Pei-Hsin Home's caregivers were in stressful situations and found it hard to get good sleep because receiving phone calls about incidents involving children during late night or early morning hours was a daily occurrence. From time to time, we found our staff, who got injuries inflicted by children, crying privately after work. Encountering these kinds of stuff, as caregivers, we wondered if all of our efforts were worth it and sometimes felt like leaving the work, but took a look at the backgrounds of the children coming into care──born into a family of single-parent household, grandparenting, mistreatment, neglect, domestic violence, or sexual abuse──that was why they were among the most vulnerable groups in society.

If we did not be someone they could turn to, how could those kids thrive in an uncertain future? 

Our caregivers were people who wanted to walk alongside the children whose needs weren't being met in their birth family, and who wanted to ensure that the children could grow up in a safe, loving, and stable environment. Children were most likely to become victims of crime or offenders if we gave up on them.

Our hopes were that by giving these children a different environment, they could begin practicing the alternate behavior and belief so that when they grew up, they could tell a different story from their parents and make good lives for themselves.

 


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