“Every CHILD deserves a HOME.”
Fondation Enfant Jésus (FEJ) has been recognized as a top-tier child welfare institution in Haiti by Institut du Bien-Être Social et de la Recherche (IBESR). Child protection is our primary focus.
FEJ is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of Haitian children in need. We want every child to understand that s/he is appreciated and deserves to be loved and cherished. We believe that our children have great potential to achieve their goals in life.
Our vision is to provide a future filled with hope to orphaned or abandoned children in Haiti. We find loving families for our children – and not children for families.
FEJ feels strongly that institutional settings do not provide the same level of support for children’s cognitive, socioemotional, and physical development that a family does. As a result, we seek, first, to reunite children with their own families, and if that is not possible, we work with national and international adoption agencies to place them in homes where they will be nurtured and loved.
FEJ uses a holistic approach to ensure that children’s physical, cognitive and social emotional needs are met. We do the same for the programs that support women, strengthen families, and build stronger communities. Our child protection program works on three tiers:
Children: FEJ provides for the immediate health and emotional needs of the children at the center in Port au Prince and the crèche in Kenscoff. Our children live in a stable environment with routine, balanced meals, and enrichment activities, which enable them to feel loved and secure.
Staff: FEJ staff is a multidisciplinary group of professionals employed to meet the individual and collective needs of children. FEJ hires locally and provides training and professional development to ensure the highest quality of service delivery.
Community: FEJ continues to work to improve the development of surrounding villages, including programs that support nutrition, education, empowerment of women, and micro-business development.
FEJ operates two children's centers.
The first, named the FEJ Children’s Center, was built in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. The center provides immediate shelter, rehydration, and advanced medical care for infants as well as assessment of eligibility for adoption.
The second center, Crèche Enfant Jesus, is located in Obléon, Kenscoff in the mountains of Haiti. The facility is spacious, comfortably accommodating many children and providing the necessary care.
FEJ also established a structure for volunteers, including caregivers, doctors and technicians, who offer their time and talent to enhance the health care, socioemotional support, and recreation the children receive.
FEJ has established a multidisciplinary team that deals with the admission of children to the Crèche Enfant Jesus through the Haitian Goverment’s social services department (IBESR). Children accepted into the crèche, per IBESR approval, include:
- Abandoned children
- Children orphaned by one or both parents
- Children whose families are in extreme situations and cannot meet the most basic needs
- Children infected with HIV or special needs children (i.e., blindness, hydrocephalus, mental retardation, among others)
After the legal deadline and a review of the child’s life plan, the child is placed for integration into a family locally or internationally. Potential new parents must meet the requirements of Haitian law, international adoption laws, and the laws of their own country. IBESR will match an adoptive family to the child once all criteria have been met.