February 5, 2013
Our family has volunteered at other children's homes in the U.S. Ciudad de Angeles is by far the best run children's home we have ever seen. The property is well cared for and in constant expansion mode as the home continues to grow. Currently there are forty children on campus with plans to more than double that number as new houses are completed. The model for Ciudad de Angeles is unique. They try to take in entire sibling groups and keep them together as a family until they are old enough for teen housing. Children are taken into the home as young as possible with a commitment to care for them until at least adulthood. Each house has house parents and looks and feels like a "regular" home. The children are clean, well cared for and loved. An effort is made to encourage the children to complete their education (which goes against the prevailing culture) and raise them to be Christian leaders in the local Mexican communities. Care is taken to preserve the local culture for the children whenever possible and not try to "Americanize" them. Volunteers are viewed as extended family and child sponsors often view the child they sponsor as a family member. Child sponsors are encouraged to make regular visits to the home and most children receive at least one sponsor visit each year. Ciudad de Angeles has various ways to involve volunteers and runs a very transparent organization. Monies are managed carefully and financials are easily accessed.
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