Media Release: BabyLine offers hope to struggling mothers
Caption: Pam Mchunu a qualified social worker will be heading up BabyLine
The Peace Agency South Africa, a registered NPO, operating for the past 10 years, specializing in the care of orphans and vulnerable children, will be launching BabyLine on April 1, 2021. BabyLine will function as a dedicated phone and WhatsApp number as well as a Facebook page, which will be manned by social workers, offering support and counselling to both pregnant mothers who are in crisis and those mothers who are struggling to cope.
Child abandonment is an ongoing crisis in South Africa, with an estimated 3500 children abandoned every year. “The reason for this, is that many mothers find themselves alone, desperate and with no options. BabyLine will provide much needed psychological and practical support to these mums,” said Justin Foxton co-founder of the Peace Agency.
The support structures in South Africa for pregnant women, and mothers in crisis situations are very limited. High rates of poverty, gender-based violence, rape, lack of support and shame are some of the contributing factors that lead to neglect, abandonment, infanticide and illegal abortion. “The main aim of BabyLine is to encourage family integration and to prevent abandonment, by providing care, counselling, support and a network to assist mothers who are struggling to care adequately for their baby,” added Foxton.
Mothers contacting BabyLine will receive assistance from a team of qualified and experienced social workers.“ Each case will be managed individually by our caring team who will give counselling and refer the Mum to relevant partner organizations in her area who are equipped to provide long term support for her and her baby,” says Pam Mchunu, a qualified social worker who will be heading BabyLine. The team will follow up on the progress of the mother until she is in a safe environment and able to make good decisions for her and her baby.
“Family preservation and strengthening of families is our number one priority, but we will offer temporary safe care options, adoption services and family planning options for mothers should there be a need. Mothers need to know that BabyLine has their back and will support them on their unique journey,” added Mchunu.
“The success of BabyLine hinges on the support we get from communities, pulling together all the resources at our disposal into a solid and well-connected network. We would therefore like to call on members of the public, non -profit and faith-based organisations and individuals providing support and assistance for women in need to partner with us,” said Foxton.
BabyLine and The Peace Agency are inviting Kwa-Zulu Natal businesses large and small, faith-based organisations, trusts and individuals to fund this much-needed service.
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