FOSTER FAMILY TRAINING FOR SEPTEMBER 2023

The foster family training for parents who received children from Peace Village Centre was held on 6th to 8th September 2023 in the main hall of Peace Village Centre. In this session they treated following topics, Right of adoption, Dissociative identity disorder, Right to inheritance ,Sharing projects funded by SINAPISI in partnership with BAHONEZA solidarity funds, Sharing children’s behavior during holidays and the beginning of the academic year 2023/2024.
Day1: Arrival in Peace village Centre
The parents reported from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and they were welcomed by Mr.Eugene Ntirenganya, the officer in charge of foster families in SINAPISI RWANDA.
They were asked to benefit the training in order to boost their knowledge on the highlighted points above.
The treated points help them with guiding themselves and their adopted children.
SINAPISI RWANDA and its beneficiaries are to celebrate the feast of the Glorious Cross.
The Executive Secretary of Sinapisi Rwanda,Mr.Pierre Gahunga Kemayire, gave out the location and time of the start of the celebration.
He said that the feast would take place at Jali Mountain, and the journey would start at Gatsata Garage instead of saint famille Parish.

Day2: Right of Adoption & Dissociative identity disorder
On the second day of the training, parents were given a briefing on Right of Adoption & Dissociative identity disorder.
The opening remarks were made by the Secretary General of Sinapisi Rwanda, Mr.Pierre Gahunga Kemayire, who thanked the participants for having positively managed to attend the training.
He informed the participants that the founder of the organisation, Mr. Jean Baptiste Sengayire left Rwanda for Kenya, where he stays.
The participants were told that Mr.Sengayire Jean baptiste was aware of the training session and that was why he sent his warm greetings .
After the opening remarks, he introduced to them the facilitators on the topic of the day, which was Mr. Jean de Dieu MASENGESHO

Taking the floor, Mr. JEAN DE DIEU MASENGESHO presented to them the meaning of adoption, types of adoption, who is eligible to adopt.
There are two (2) following forms of adoption: 1° simple adoption; 2° full adoption.
Simple adoption refers to a form of adoption that consists in maintaining filiation ties with the adoptee’s family of origin, while full adoption is a form of adoption that completely severs filiation ties with the adoptee’s family of origin. However, the severance of filiation ties with the family of origin does not entail the loss of rights to his/her country. The presenter talked about the requirements for a person intending to adopt a child. A person intending to adopt a child must meet the following conditions, such to be a person of integrity, to have enough resources for him/her to meet the duties that arise from adoption, to be at least twenty one (21) years old, to be at least seven (7) years older than the child to be adopted ,to have a fixed address, not to have been sentenced to imprisonment for offences against the family, not to have been sentenced to imprisonment for the crime of genocide, not to have been sentenced to imprisonment for the crime of genocide ideology and related crimes, not to have been deprived of parental authority.
The presenter and participants had an evaluation and found that most of them are in the simple adoption and were asked to think and rethink in order to seek full adoption which can help children to access full rights in an adopted family.
The presenter continued with Dissociative identity disorder, which refers to a mental health condition that involves experiencing a loss of connection between thoughts, memories, feelings, surroundings, behavior and identity. The participants were taught about symptoms of those disorders, causes and how to prevent them. From the formed groups, the participants come up with how they handle those behaviors and share with the other groups. Therefore, the presenter highlights the following points, like active listening, empathy, regular school visits as way of helping a child with those issues.

Day3: Right to inheritance succession
The facilitator reminded the parents that each child has a right for succession either in their native or adopted family.
Succession refers to the transfer of rights and obligations on the assets and liabilities of the de cujus, and the participants got an insight on the three types of succession and we discussed on those two: Testamentary succession & Intestate succession. The presented highlighted also the list of successors.

a) News sharing on projects funded by Sinapisi Rwanda in partnership with Bahoneza Solidarity Fund .
On this point the beneficiaries of these programs shared stories from different Internal Saving and Lending Groups (ISLGs) funded by Sinapisi Rwanda.
Most of them found that their projects are so good and worthy to be done but they are still encountering some challenges of loss, those loses prevent other members to have access on those funds.
The beneficiaries were encouraged to work hard so that in the next foster family they can be able to share successful stories by bringing the money back in order to reach other members.

b) News sharing and information on children behaviour during holidays and beginning of the new academic 2023/2024
some few cases were raised up by some parents and the sinapisi Rwanda staff I will provide a visit to that family , it was notice that in general children placed in foster behave well at home and consider their foster parents as their biological ones thanks to the affection expressed to them.
Children and parents are ready to start the academic year 2023/2024.