THE HOMESTEAD INTAKE, STABILISATION AND THERAPEUTIC CENTRE
The Homestead has moved its intake shelter from our small District Six facility to our large modern Child and Youth Care facility in Khayelitsha. This provides a much larger and better equipped therapeutic environment where children are away from their vulnerability to street life, stabilise quicker and where they can access the support and development structures they need to put the hurt of their past behind them and move on to a an empowered future.
Admission criteria: This centre is for boys aged 6 to 17 who are traumatised children, namely chronic and deliberately neglected, physically and emotionally abused and exploited children, including children living, working and begging on the street, children who might, due to their trauma show behavioral and substance abuse challenges. We do not take children with violent or extreme behavioral challenges or extreme disabilities. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and operate on an open door principle – no child is forced to stay if he does not want to be there.