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Origin

Children Are Us Foundation was founded by a group of parents whose children have Intellectual development disorders. The core goals of the foundation are the care and education of persons with intellectual disabilities.

On June 29th 1995, these parents raised NT$500,000 to form the Children Are Us of Cultural and Educational Foundation. In May 2006, it was recognized by the Ministry of The Interior and was registered as Children Are Us Foundation for Social Welfare in October of that year. Service Agencies of Children Are US have been established in Taipei, New Taipei, Hsinchu and Kaohsiung Cities.

In 2012, we established the Swan Castle for care of our more elderly charges.

In 2013, we established the Phoenix center, our medical facility.


Innovative Value

From being served to serving and from resource consumer to resource provider.   Transforming those children’s lives and changing of their self image.  The Children Are Us bakery and restaurant provide the children with a chance to create and serve products with the pride of knowing they have created something of value and beauty infused with their caring and soul.

The warm and independent image of "Children Are Us" has become a symbol for persons with intellectual disabilities in Taiwan. The Children Are Us bakery and restaurant have become the model of a successful social enterprise in Taiwan benefitting both the public and those that work there.


Our Mission

Bring out the dignity and pleasure in life in our charges.
Dissolve their obstacles with love and care to inspire their potential, allowing them to take a meaningful place in society and transform their lives.



Vision

“Lifelong education and consideration” 

Provide them lifelong education and consideration in our communities through.

Love: Intellectual disabilities are obstacles. These obstacles can be dissolved by love, care and support of family, government and society in general and even you.

Care and Training: With professional physiotherapists and specialists to improve their intelligence and physical capabilities, promoting their abilities, encouraging them to be independent and to blend into society.

Humanization: With their newfound pride and dignity as a starting point, allow them return to society and be a productive part of their communities.

The First Decade ”Birth” – bakery, restaurant and the basic construction of caring system.

From nothing to something, tiny to huge, we fight for their life's dignity and joy.

Lifelong education, consideration and self-reliance are our goals. The bakery, restaurant and the factory are used as a place for training, while taking care of them. As the proverb goes ” give a man fish; you have fed him for a day. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime. ” We take care of them; but we also help them to learn to care for themselves. Help us help them realize their goals!




The outline of face is the extension of C
The distance between eyes being wide and a big flat nose are the characteristics of Down's syndrome child.
The smile is the hope of their parents.

Joy replaces pity, walk out of the shadow of pity, planning  joyful lives for the children.
Honesty replaces ignorance the nickname replaces blameful tones.
Kids means eternal purity.

"Are" is a relative tone, means equality.
Abbreviation of "C are US" includes the meaning of care.



The Second Phase “Old” – taking care of the elders in Swan Castle.
Swan Castle – swan

“In 2012, once I was sick, my daughter put her forehead against mine to express her concern. When I was staring at her, thinking about who can take care of her in the rest of life, the logo of Swan Castle popped out. “The chairman of Children Are Us Foundation said with smile.

They are born to be angels who enlighten and educate their parents by dedicating their lives. Besides, they keep the society friendly and pure. The castle is the dream place where children want to fulfill the dream of becoming a prince or princess, and so, the Swan Castle came into existence.

Edification

The Swan Castle is a caring institution for the elderly combining the warmth of family, a natural setting together with multi-functional interactive technology and an environment of multi-sensory of sound and light, aiming for an innovative service with groundbreaking concepts.

Dual aging

When Children Are Us of Cultural and Educational Foundation was founded in 1995, the children who were young at that time are now getting old. Research has shown that they age quickly in their forties and their life expectancies are about fifty-five years. Time not only makes them get old but also their parents age. We are aware of this societal problem, and it should not be ignored.

The Swan Castle can not only provide the lifelong care for those aging children if necessary, but can also share the burden of older parents when they can no longer bear it alone.

We need your help to support their future!

The Third Phase “The infirm” – the hospital for these children represents our expectations.

Medical Healthcare – Phoenix

Everyone will encounter at least a few of these times in their life, giving birth, getting old, being sick, and suffering pain.

It is a professional job to do physiotherapy regularly for the children who have intellectual development disorders and take good care of them. In 2011, Children Are Us Foundation built a Health Center with a multi-sensory environment in it. The multi-sensory training environment is attractive and comfortable.  Through the use of light, sound and various high-tech facilities, it provides several stimulations to promote better vision, hearing, smell, touch, balance, and coordination. Through leisure activities and treatment, the facility allows children learn to explore their surroundings, reduce overall tension, and decrease anxiety in new places, letting them adapt to new environments, boost their attention spans, and strengthen their interactions with people.

The health center is not enough. When they get sick, are in pain or even giving birth they should have somewhere they can go where they are understood and their unique problems are understood.

This is why we plan to build The Phoenix Center.  The Phoenix Center will be not only contain larger health center like the above, but also a true hospital. A hospital built and staffed specifically to care for people with intellectual development disorders.
The plans are complete. Now we just need your help to make it happen!

The logo of Hospital & Health Center will be a phoenix. Legends say that every time a phoenix dies, it will be reborn from the ashes with more energy and the influence than before, just like children with intellectual disabilities.  We think these angels are inspiring people to understand  and put love into everyone's soul. They help all of us to recognize we are all equal as they cultivate our emotions of tenderness, empathy, happiness and the ability of letting go.

The Phoenix spreads their wings, flies to the sky and resounds to the earth. "We will educate, protect them, love them, take good care of them and cure them like a family's warm embrace.