It was a normal sunny Sunday when I had the chance to visit the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) at the back of SM North EDSA in Quezon City.
According to their FB page, the RSCC is a home for the abandoned, abused, neglected, and exploited children aged seven years old and below.
On the designated time, the kids excitedly entered the pavilion and sat in their assigned chairs. They observed me and my officemates as we were trying to prepare their snacks, packed food and loot bags. We also brought diapers and milk for the babies asides from other supplies for the kids.
We were given 2 hours to be with them so we started with a prayer and followed with storytelling. After noticing how quickly their attention span diminished, we played parlor games which everyone enjoyed. I noticed how cheerful the young ones are, even treating us to an impromptu dance performance under the tune of Eat Bulaga’s Cha cha Dabarkads.
It would have been better if we gave the packed lunch first instead of the chocolate biscuits since we noticed how they barely ate their lunch. Also, the social worker informed us although belatedly, that it is better not to get too close to the kids like carrying them since they will only get attached to you and this will cause them to cry when you have to leave after the short visit.
We were thankful though that the kids were happy especially after distributing their loot bags.
After the fun with the children, we were shown the nursery. This is where I saw beautiful babies who were for an unknown reason abandoned by their parents. The social worker explained that they lack foster parents. This is actually the easiest way to adopt one, which is to be a foster parent for 6 months and once you felt that you would like to adopt then you can proceed with the process. This way, you get to be bonded with the child first and get to know him or her better before continuing with the adoption.
This was truly a rewarding experience worth repeating. Should you like to visit them and for more information, you can go to their link at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Reception-and-Study-Center-for-Children-RSCC/104182046285341?v=info