Maternal Love for Orphaned Children
Science-based Loving Care and Companionship
Chunhui Mama is a child care and education program operated by Chunhui Children in state-run welfare institutions. The program trains thousands of front-line Chunhui Mamas to provide responsive care for orphaned children, aged 0-18, by paying consistent attention to their needs, and helping develop secure attachments with their family-like love. 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. There are seven sub-programs in Chunhui Mama, including Chunhui Babies, Chunhui Preschool, Chunhui Youth, Chunhui Sports, Chunhui Family, Chunhui Rehabilitation and Special Education, and Chunhui Training.
Women from the local community are recruited and trained to become full-time “Chunhui Mamas” who provide loving responsive care for orphaned babies and toddlers 0-3 years old 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 to promote their physical, language, cognitive and social-emotional development.
Chunhui Preschool serves 3-6 year olds in welfare institutions with supportive environments, individualized classes based on each child's developmental levels and interests, and professionally trained early education teachers. 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.
Trained loving mentors spend time with children and young adults aged 7-18 to learn about their needs and interests, give them necessary emotional support, and develop an individualized learning plan for each of them. The plan may include academic tutoring, enrichment classes based on their interests or vocational training. The program helps children develop self-awareness and build confidence and self-esteem. Chunhui Children's goal is to help these children understand that they too can have big dreams and that we will support them as they pursue their dreams.
This program is for orphaned children in institutions who have some sports skills but are precluded by their special physical needs from entering a local school. Trained teachers use adaptive physical education to build up the children's health, enhance their cognition and ultimately improve their self-care skills while enabling them to enjoy the fun of sports by bringing them outdoors.
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 and trains them to provide 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.
Chunhui Rehabilitation and Special Education (Chunhui RSE).This program is designed for orphaned children with the most severe special needs in welfare institutions. We believe all children, regardless of their disabilities, are entitled to developmentally appropriate education. Working closely with the institutions, we use their existing facilities and pool as many rehabilitation, special education, nutrition, medical care and professional treatment resources as we can to develop individualized support plans that provide the best possible opportunities to develop and improve the children's physical health, cognitive and social-emotional skills and quality of life.
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.