The Prince of Peace Children’s Home (POPCH) opened its doors in 2003 and currently cares for over 116 children with special needs, ranging from infants to 12 years old. All of the children at POPCH have congenital illnesses, such as albinism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, or glaucoma. While under our care, we seek to provide our children with a clean and loving home. We also strive to provide them with the best possible medical/surgical care and rehabilitation services according to each child’s medical needs.
Prince of Peace Children’s Home and Children Rehabilitation Center was built to provide a loving home for orphaned children from the local Tianjin Children’s Welfare Institue. We are dedicated to serve children with special needs.
Tianjin Children’s Welfare Institute
Our children are referred to us through the Tianjin Children’s Welfare Institute. Although gender equity is slowly becoming the social norm in China, children with disabilities are often still seen as an embarrassment to their families. Even for parents who desire to keep their child, economic hardship and special circumstances can force families to abandon their child. Once a child is in our care, we are committed to providing for his or her needs until a better opportunity is made available to them, such as adoption into a permanent family.
Life at Prince of Peace Children’s Home
The majority of our children are cared for in a “small group home” model to foster healthy, stable attachments to the same caregiver “parents”. Every day, children participate in a variety of activities designed specifically to meet their educational, social, developmental, and physical needs; this is to promote independence and self reliance. Depending on their abilities and skill levels, children may participate in classroom learning (at the local elementary school or at POPCH), physical/rehabilitation therapy, or creative activities such as art, singing, dancing, and free play. Special activities include celebrating festivals and holidays (Chinese New Year, Children’s Day, birthdays, Christmas, etc). Adults and children from the surrounding communities and schools sometimes join our children to celebrate these special events. As weather permits, we have organized outings to Beijing and Tianjin for the children. We also visit local parks, shopping centers, and supermarkets regularly, both for the social development of our children and also to raise awareness and promote acceptance of individuals with special needs in our community.
Beyond the Prince of Peace Children’s Home
We are currently researching independent-living options for our older children, including computer and vocational skills training through our partnerships with local businesses.