Bright Future Transitional Home (BFTH) is a registered community based organization in Mbarara, Uganda which provides emergency care and family resettlement services for orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC’s) who have been rescued by the Probation and Social Welfare Officers and the Children and Family Protection Unit (CFPU) of the police.
Since BFTH began operations in November 2014, it has provided emergency care to 250 vulnerable children. This has included orphans who had no one to take care of them, abandoned children, children who had escaped from child traffickers and children whom the police had rescued from the streets. Of the 250 children who have come through BFTH doors, 15 remain and the rest have been resettled with biological relatives. Efforts to resettle the children currently still in the home with relatives have proven futile and the organization now seeks foster and adoptive parents for the children.
BFTH was the first organization in Mbarara to engage in efforts to resettle vulnerable children into families. BFTH’s operations are based on the United Nations’ Guidelines for Alternative Care for Children which were endorsed at the UN General Assembly 64th Session held on 24 February 2010. BFTH’s mission to find a family for every child is in line with UN’s mission “to support efforts to keep children in, or return them to, the care of their family or, failing this, to find another appropriate and permanent solution, including adoption“.
BFTH believes that the family is “the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for growth, well-being and protection of children” as outlined in the UN guidelines for alternative care. We believe that long-term institutionalization has adverse effects on the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of a child and therefore works to minimize the institutionalization of children.
To learn more about Alternative Care Options for Vulnerable Children, please follow the links below:
- Alternative Care Framework Uganda
- National Strategic Programme Plan of interventions for orphans and other vulnerable children 2011/12- 2015/16
- Chapter 59 of the Children’s Act (to learn more about fostering and adopting Ugandan children)