Maternal Love for Orphaned Children

Science-based Loving Care and Companionship

Operated by Chunhui Children in state-run welfare institutions, Chunhui Mama is a child care and education program designed for orphaned and special needs children aged 0-18. This comprehensive program adheres to the concept of Chunhui Children’s inclusive education, takes into account the developmental characteristics of children of different ages as well as of those with special needs in various levels of severity, integrates the responsive and inclusive education curriculum of rehabilitation and special education and designs individualized teaching content and methods, thus creating educational opportunities suitable for each child and promoting their wholistic development and preparing for the next stage of child development. The program trains thousands of front-line Chunhui Mamas to provide responsive care for orphaned children, develop secure attachments with them and pay consistent attention to their needs. In doing so, the children can thrive in family-like love and care. Chunhui Mama is not only a name for one of our programs but also the title for the thousands of women working in our programs in welfare institutions. They serve two roles, as the children’s “mamas,” and as their teachers. There are five sub-programs in Chunhui Mama, including Chunhui Infant Nurture, Chunhui Preschool, Chunhui Youth, Chunhui Family and Chunhui Training.


The 2016 Social Service Development Communique indicates that by the end of 2016, orphaned children in China totaled 460,000, of which 88,000 spent their days under centralized care. “Chunhui Mama” is a program model designed for orphaned children in China’s state-run child welfare institutions. We aim to, with our consistent efforts and support from multiple stakeholders, ultimately reach all of these most vulnerable children.



Caring women with appropriate professional backgrounds from the local community are recruited and trained to become full-time “Chunhui Mamas” who provide loving responsive care for orphaned babies and toddlers from birth to 3 years old (to 4 for the children with special needs) and form secure attachments with them. “Chunhui Mamas” pay close attention to each child's needs, celebrate their progress no matter how minor, and provide timely, appropriate responses to their needs. They also provide vital brain stimulation, including a variety of age-appropriate games and inclusive curriculum for children with special needs to promote their physical, language, cognitive and social-emotional development.


Chunhui Preschool serves children aged 3-7 in welfare institutions by providing supportive environments, individualized classes based on each child's developmental levels and interests, and professionally trains early education teachers who use the concept of project based learning and inclusive teaching curriculum. Project based learning is most supported by contemporary education field because it empowers a child as active learner. Inclusive education courses provide the best learning experience for all children, despite the severity of their special needs, by applying individualized plans to foster their development. Chunhui Preschool is designed to promote children’s physical, language, cognitive, and social-emotional development, help them develop a love for learning, and prepare them for elementary or special education schools as well as for the next stage of life.


Chunhui Youth is designed to serve school-aged children of 7-18 years old with two sub-programs. The Youth Tutoring & Support Program is tailored for school-aged children, with well-trained loving mentors spending time with the children after school, knowing about their needs and providing necessary emotional support to them based on their personalities and interests in addition to making individualized teaching and supporting plans, including academic tutoring, enrichment classes and vocational skill training, to help the children develop self-awareness, build self-confidence and self-esteem and be courageous to pursue their dreams. The Youth Integration Education Program serves orphanage children attending special education schools and children who cannot participate in any forms of learning due to their physical impairment. YIEP provides two curricula for these children. The sports curriculum mainly caters for orphaned children who have certain sports ability but are lack of school access due to their special needs. Adhering to the principle of being children-centered and advantage-oriented, it provides the children with integrated learning services such as adapting sports, comprehensive cognition, vocational skill and self-caring skills, and promotes their holistic development by integrating special education techniques with experience-based practices. The rehabilitation integration curriculum, which involves cooperation between education, rehabilitation, nurturing care and medical services, provides comprehensive courses such as cognition, self-care, sports and music to youngsters with severe special needs and learning and rehabilitation activities suitable to their ability, needs and age. Chunhui Youth works closely with welfare institutions across China. By making full use of the institutions' facilities as well as varied rehabilitation, special education, nutrition and medical care and nursing services, we jointly develop individualized plans for the children based on their characteristics and actively put these plans into practice so as to improve the overall life quality and value of these disadvantaged children.


Families have always been the best way we have to raise our young children. The Chunhui Family Program recruits married couples from the local community who receive our professional training and then set up loving foster homes for children with special needs who for the first time have the opportunity to grow up with familial love. Each family includes a trained full-time mom and a working dad who take care of 3-5 children who are unlikely to be adopted. The families live in apartments provided by the welfare institutions.


To meet the pressing needs of welfare institutions for quality child care and to ultimately reach more orphaned children in need, Chunhui Children delivers both on-site and online training for institution administrators, caregivers, teachers and foster parents in children’s welfare institutions.