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Origin

Children Are Us Foundation was founded by a group of parents whose children have the mental retardation problem, their lifelong consideration and education is the core of the foundation. On 29 June 1995, they raised $NT500, 000 for Children Are Us of Cultural and Educational Foundation. In May 2006, it is identified by the Ministry of The Interior and registered as Children Are Us Foundation for Social Welfare in October. Service Agents are established in Taipei, New Taipei, Hsinchu and Kaohsiung.

Innovative Value

From be served to serve, from resource consumer to resource inventor. Transforming those children's life and changing their value. Children Are Us bakery and restaurant provide the most "innocent" sale and blend "kind-hearted mind" into the products which are different from those common products.
The warm and independent image of "Children Are Us" has become the pronoun of "the mental retarded person". Moreover, Children Are Us bakery has become the model of social enterprise in Taiwan. 

Mission

“Launch out their dignity and pleasure in life.”

Dissolve the obstacle with love and care to inspire their potentiality, returning to the main tide of the society and transform their life.

Vision

“Lifelong education and consideration” 

Provide them lifelong education and consideration in the communities.

Love: Mental retardation is merely a flawed part of life. All obstacles must can be dissolved by love, care and support of the society, the government and their parents. 

Specialty: With professional physiotherapy and work guide to improve their intelligence and physical capabilities, promoting their abilities of work, encouraging them to be independent and blend into social service.

Humanization: With humanity as the starting point, let them return to the main tide normally, and receive the consideration of communities.

“Single-minded children with wholehearted service and consideration”

 

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 goal. The bakery, restaurant and the factory are used as a place for training, and for taking care of them. As the proverb goes ”Give a man fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime.” We take care of them; furthermore, they need to learn care for themselves.

Foundation

 The outline of face is the extension of C
 The distance between eyes is wide and a big flat nose
   is 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 kids.
 
Honesty replaces silly. Sweet 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 Decade “Old” – taking care of the elders in Swan Castle.

Swan Castle – swan

Edification

“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 purely. The castle is the dream place where children want to fulfill the dream of being prince or princess, and so, the Swan Castle comes into existence.

A caring institution of the elders combines with the warmth of family, natural influence, multi-functional interactive software and the environment of multi-sensory of sound and light, aiming for an innovative service and leading concepts.

Dual aging

When Children Are Us of Cultural and Educational Foundation was founded in 1995, the children who was young at that time now are getting old. Research shows that they appear an old look in the forties; besides, their life periods are about fifty-five years. Time not only makes them get old but also their parents. We are aware of this society problem, which should not be ignored.

Swan Castle can not only provide the lifelong care for those aging children but share the burden from a group of old parents. We need your help to support their future.

The Third Decade “Sick” – the hospital for these children represents our expectations.

Medical healthcare – phoenix

Everyone will meet these stages in our life, giving birth, getting old, being sick, and suffering pain. Children Are Us Foundation had already built an all-cared institution and systems for the former two stages. In the future, we will construct the professional health and the medical system for the latter two stages.
It is a professional job to do physiotherapy regularly for the children who have the mental retardation problem and take good care of them. In 2011, Children Are Us Foundation had built Health Center and had a multi-sensory environment in it. 
The training environment is attractive and confortable through the light, sound and various high-tech facilities. It provides several stimulations to vision, hearing, smell, touch, vestibular system, proprioception and so on. With leisure and treatment, the facility can let children learn to explore the surrounding, reduce the change of abnormal tension, decrease the anxious mood, let them adapt to the environment, boost their attention, strengthen their interaction with people. We hope children can change and have progressed by this training, all of these will be the key of establishing medical system and their health in the future.

The logo of Hospital & Health Center will be a phoenix, but why a phoenix? Legends said that every time when phoenix dies, it means another rebirth of life and it will get more energy and the influence just like the children who have the mental retardation problem. We think these angels are inspiring people to tolerate, developing kind heart and good in everyone’s soul, helping us to recognize we all equal, cultivating our emotions of tenderness, sadness, happiness and the ability of letting go.
Phoenix spreads their wings, flies to the sky and resounds to the earth. We will educate and protect them, love them, take good care of them and cure them as their parents’ warm embrace.