Foundation Center for Reintegration and Child Care (CRAN)
CRAN – Foundation Center for Reintegration and Child Care is a nonprofit social enterprise whose aim is to promote the effective exercise of the rights of Colombian children under eight years old, seeking to strengthen the capabilities of the family system as the principal guarantor of their rights.
Initially, the Foundation focused its efforts on working with children and pregnant women who were in conflict with their pregnancy. In the late eighties, the scope was expanded to work with abandoned children with mild mental retardation, creating a special education program. In 1995, CRAN performs a self-assessment and institutional strengthening process, with the support of Restrepo Barco and FES foundations, resulting in the redesign of the existing programs health care models: birth mother’s home, protection and adoption, and special education, from a planning perspective based on the children rights.
The demands of social and economic context and the planning scheme adopted were the starting point of successive changes in the organization through continuous processes improvement and streamlining. Similarly, institutional strengthening allowed CRAN to promote and develop initiatives with other security organizations to build better tools to assess the management and its impact. In this context, CRAN is involved in the creation and implementation of Safety Net for Children REDPAI in 1997.
Since 1999, CRAN begins its consolidation as a social enterprise, which involved a thorough review of the mission, vision, principles and management policies that would guide the work. The organizational and administrative areas had the advice of renowned consulting firms like Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Top Management and Corporate Strategy, among others. The review model of birth mother’s home, worked with Los Pisingos Foundation. The intervention model for children abused had expert advice of Affect Association against Child Abuse, Reunir Foundation, Cinde and Save the Children, among others. This strengthening also included an architectural master plan to recondition and expand the two branches of the Foundation, which allows more beneficiaries since 2004.
Today, CRAN continues providing services of social value from the integral protection of childhood rights, with emphasis on the development of prevention alternatives that contribute to the reduction in fragile environments, conducive to the infringement of those rights.See more