Monte Plata Transition Home - A History
The NPH Dominican Republic transition home works with government agencies to care for children rescued from high-risk situations.
April 9, 2019 - Dominican Republic
On 10 October 2017, NPH Dominican Republic opened the Monte Plata Transition Home under the Niños de Dios (Children of God) project. The home seeks to shelter children who have to be removed from their current living environment due to risk of harm or health, while professionals look for other family members, guardians, or suitable long-term living situations for them to call home.
Transition homes exist across the Dominican Republic to serve children who, for a variety of reasons, require the help of the state to find a safe or healthful place to live. These homes are overseen by the National Council for Children and Adolescents (CONANI), which is responsible for evaluating and referring cases to transition homes.
Children are referred by CONANI to a transition home only after attempts are made to integrate the child into the home of another existing family member or other responsible guardian. CONANI also ensures the physical and emotional protection of the children who go through this process.
At Casa Monte Plata, children receive educational and spiritual support from loving and kind caregivers, while our NPH team collaborates with CONANI to find the best permanent home for the child.
Our transition home is located on a plot of land in the province of Monte Plata. There are four houses in total, each with four spacious rooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. Currently, two of the four houses are available to host children. Surrounding the houses are meadows and open terrain dotted by fruit trees, providing NPH with ample space to build more houses later, if needed.
To come into our home, children must be referred by CONANI, whose staff confirm that the child is truly in a situation of risk before removing them from their living arrangement. There also, of course, must be space available in our home. Accepted children arrive with a report explaining their situation and appropriate legal documents to render the child to our care temporarily.
Once in the home, children receive healthcare, educational support, food, and clothing. NPH social workers immediately begin working with CONANI to investigate future possibilities for the child, always giving preference to reintegration with biological family member in a safe environment. If it takes longer than six months to find a new location for the child to live, CONANI requests that NPH welcome the child into our family, so that they have a loving and stable place to call home.
The transition home at NPH has four live-in caregivers, two guards, a maintenance worker, and a volunteer from a nearby town who helps with physical education classes.
Since 2017 when the home opened, 11 children have been reunited with their families, four have been referred back to CONANI for further investigation, and six have joined our NPH family.
Education, protection, and love define what we do in the transition home—the same tenets that govern our main NPH residential care home. Our goal is to provide a space for children to feel safe and loved, while professional staff shower them with compassion while others work hard to find them the most stable place possible in which to build a future.