What if the family asks for money?
This question requires discernment and for each organization to determine for themselves according to their mission and organizational model.
Cash transfers to vulnerable families are risky and must be considered with extreme caution. We all want the best for the children and money to the parents may help or hurt depending on the situation and the organization. If you are considering giving direct money, do so cautiously with varied advisors.
The case for giving money
DIRECT CASH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Some economic development programs have given direct cash transfers to poor families that proved successful in helping the family overcome financial hardship over a period of time.
STIMULUS PACKAGES FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY
Some countries in the Global North also do direct money stimulus packages to their citizens to help in difficult times. While countries in the Global South might not do this, an organization could consider it.
USE MOBILE MONEY
If you elect to do a money transfer to a trusted family, consider using mobile money to ensure social distancing.
The case for not giving money
There is a significant risk of dependency and abuse when giving money directly from an organization to a family from the community. One transfer often leads to another and this model is not sustainable for a financially prudent organization.
It can also be disempowering to families that may otherwise have the opportunity to generate their own money through work.
CREATES UNETHICAL INCENTIVES
Additionally, some of the children that are being reintegrated have come from abusive backgrounds and providing money to the family may give incentive for the child to be exploited within the placement or give reason for the child to be sent out from the home when the financial support ceases.