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From humble beginnings but through commitment and perseverance of a group of people, the Place of Restoration Trust was born in 1992. Just as a little seed is planted in the ground by the farmer, there was great expectancy that it should grow and prosper .With a dream and a seed of R20.00 given to Basil and Monica Woodhouse as the founders, the organisation has become a BIG TREE and is still growing! Inspired by the scripture in James 1:27 ”Pure Religion in the eyes of the Lord is to care for the orphans and widows”, this still guides the organisation up to present times. 

The journey has been exciting ....




In 1992 “The Place of Restoration Trust” was registered with 4 Trustees , with the Master of the Supreme Court. (NO – 5570-92), the Department of Social Development as a Shelter and as a Non Profit Organization with the NPO Directorate (004-524 NPO).

From 1993 to 1996, the plot that was purchased in Margate was developed to accommodate the Woodhouse family and the 27 women and children who had been staying in Port Shepstone. In September 1996 everyone moved from Port Shepstone to the new home of The Place of Restoration.

The years 1997 to 2001 focused on the development of organisational structures, holistic programs for children and capacity building of staff.






2002 was a watershed year – the Give a Child a Family Project was launched. This program focused on placing children with secure families as an alternative to long term institutional care and would change the course of the organisation dramatically in the future.

From 2003 to 2005 the capacity for babies and toddlers doubled from 12 to 24. Women were referred to other organisations and a log cabin, built by Dutch Volunteers, was completed for boys over the age of 6 years. Girls of the same age were now accommodated upstairs in their own area. By now POR was actively lobbying for family based care for children and a database of foster families was available for the placement of children who could not return to their own families. The sustainable development program for families was launched.




2006 to 2009 the Family-based Care Division was now becoming a best practise, pro-active Foster Care model and the Shelter for children an example for temporary safe care of children with a focus on reunification of children with their families and placement of children in screened, and prepared foster families. Post placement support groups allowed the organisation continued contact with children and their foster families. An invitation to Kenya leads to organising the First International Conference on Family-based Care for African Children where took a leading role. Requests to provide training on the model flooded in.

2010 was a further highlight in the history of the organisation. The new state of art Nursery for 30 babies and Toddlers was built and opened. The Children’s act 38 of 2005 (amended 2007) was implemented in April and the organisation was ready to submit all registration documentation for a Child and Youth Care Centre for 60 children including 6 dedicated beds for children with disabilities. A specific occupational therapy program commenced.



Registration as a Child Protection organisation was submitted as a Family strengthening program was now added to the Foster Care Program for kinship families and families at risk.

In 2011 The Parenting Skills program was rolled out to 20 NGO’s in KwaZulu Natal. It was now clear that the Give a Child a Family Program was gaining more international interest and the Place of Restoration was one aspect of the model.

2012 and 2013 focussed on strategic planning, transformation and finally a new logo and identity as the Place of Restoration and all other programs would henceforth be under the banner of for Give a Child a Family. A Development Division came into effect to deal with all the training requests from Africa.


In March 2015, we received our Child Protection Certification and became officially a Child Protection Organization-CPO.


In June 2015, we continued our journey by co-hosting the 2nd "Implementing Family Care in Africa Conference in Johannesburg South Africa. Over 34 countries from all over the globe attended to hear the bevy of speakers and interact with other like-minded organizations and individuals with one goal- Child Protection and Family Preservation.

The journey continues......................



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