Children at risk – Who ”falls” under this category?
Over 200 boys and girls aged 0-18 live in our children's home, all defined as "children at risk". They come from all over Israel and are referred to us by the Ministry of Labor and Welfare.
Children at risk come from families suffering from economic, health and social distress. These families are unable to provide their children with basic needs, protect them and provide them with means and tools for normal development.
States of distress come from various factors that harm normative family function: physically or mentally handicapped parents, loss of a parent, separation, crime, poverty, unemployment, etc. In these circumstances children are exposed to various risks, including: neglect and abandonment, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, dropping out from school, vagrancy and more.
Children at risk suffer many lacks and gaps, such as physical weakness, low self esteem, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral problems. Most of them have great potential and good life skills that are not realized due to family problems.