In Mexico, together to prevent the abandonment of vulnerable children

A new project funded by the The Italian Commission for Intercountry Adoption aims to strengthen the protection, reception, and guardianship system for minors in Mexico

Countries Mexico
Date 14.03.2024

AVSI in Mexico is implementing the project "Together to prevent the abandonment of vulnerable children in Mexico," funded by the Italian International Adoption Commission (CAI) The main objective of the project is to contribute to the well-being of vulnerable children and adolescents in Mexico, focusing especially on those at greater risk of abandonment.

The project will benefit 1,000 children and adolescents, as well as 910 adults. To achieve this goal, the project is divided into the following specific objectives:

  • Strengthen the protection, reception, and guardianship system for minors in a state of vulnerability, addressing their specific needs. This strengthening will take place both centrally in Mexico City and in three states of the country: Oaxaca, Tabasco, and Chiapas.
  • Prevent the dropout of vulnerable children from school in Mexico, focusing on the states of Oaxaca, Tabasco, and Chiapas. A series of training sessions are planned for various local actors, promoting coordination between the DIF system (Integral Family Development) at the central and federal levels, shelters, educational institutions, and families. The aim is to carry out cascading interventions that can make the initiative more sustainable and broaden its impact on the community.

The training of the trainers

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One of the first action is the training of trainers based on the psychosocial approach manual "Everyone counts. We act on each person's resources, not just their shortcomings." edited by Resilience Onlus together with AVSI Foundation

Training is being provided from March 4 to 8 to personnel involved in the project, both from AVSI and parnters (Crecemos Dijo, Loyola University of the Pacific A.C., Empatitis, Ludens School of Social Sports Training, ENI). The psychosocial approach manual, a tool created by Resilience Onlus and AVSI during 25 years of experience in humanitarian crises, was adapted and contextualized to the mexican context during the training week.

These actions promote the professionalization of interventions in the field and improve support for children and their context. Moreover, they enable all personnel from the participating organizations to share their learnings and strengthen their social work. The synergy generated from this exchange of knowledge and experiences will significantly contribute to the development of more effective and sensitive strategies to meet the needs of the population served, thus strengthening collective efforts for the benefit of children in Mexico.