- A Choose to Care Crisis Pregnancy Community Engagement Facilitator’s Guide
- The Choose to Care Community Map
- The Sex, Conception & Pregnancy Awareness Map
- The Option Counselling for a Crisis Pregnancy Map
- The Process for an Abandoned Child Map
- The Process of Adoption Map
The facilitator’s guide can be printed out on A4 paper and the 5 Maps should be printed out in A1, A2 or A3 (the smaller maps can be used in one on one discussions). The information below, explains the purpose of each of the maps and how they should be used in brief, however, for detailed information on how to run a Choose to Care workshop, please see the facilitators guide.
1. THE CHOOSE TO CARE COMMUNITY MAP
Use this map to have a general discussion about issues related to crisis pregnancy in your community.
Show your participant/s the Choose to Care Community Map, and ask them if they think this represents a typical South African community, complete with outdoor areas, formal and informal houses, social services, hospitals, schools and clinics? Once they have had a chance to examine the map, ask them to thing about what makes a strong and resilient community? Then ask them what makes a community vulnerable and weak? Discuss the various challenges represented on the map that they have seen in their community and what impact they had on the various individuals, families and community members involved?
2 2.SEX, CONCEPTION & PREGNANCY AWARENESS
Use this map to have a discussion about sex, conception and pregnancy.
Show your participant/s the Sex, Conception & Pregnancy Map and ask them if they know about sex and how babies are conceived? Discuss the process with them: From puberty to sexual attraction; saying “no” if you are not ready or don’t want to have sex; safe vs unsafe sexual intercourse; how fertilization takes place (1 egg and 1 sperm); how to confirm if you are pregnant or not; the option of abortion (only in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy); how a baby grows in utero and that birth takes place at around 40 weeks. Discuss the importance of being ready to have sexual intercourse and where a young person can access birth control alternatives. If the young person is already pregnant, you will need to chat to them about option counselling (the next map).
3. OPTIONS CONSIDERED BY A PERSON EXPERIENCING A CRISIS PREGNANCY
Use this map to have a discussion about the options available to someone experiencing a crisis pregnancy.
Discuss the issue of unplanned pregnancy, and how this can happen? Encourage empathy and understanding by introducing issues such as rape, incest, lack of understanding etc. Remember the four golden rules: 1) Reach out to the person you are talking to, empathise with them; 2) Don’t judge them, you don’t know how they fell pregnant in the first place; 3) Share the various options available to them; and 4) Empower them to make a healthy decision for both themselves and their unborn child by linking them to the relevant resources or individuals who can help them with their choice. Discuss the benefits and concerns around each option listed to ensure that your participant/s understand the consequence of each decision. If they have made up their mind, link them to the person/s who can help them with their decision, however, if they have not, give them time to think over the best solution for themselves and their unborn child, and encourage them to seek further guidance from a counsellor or social worker if you are not one.
4. THE PROCESS FOR AN ABANDONED CHILD
Use this map to have a discussion about child abandonment.
Discuss the issue of child abandonment with your participants, and what they think leads a person to make this decision? Try to encourage empathy by introducing issues such as poverty, rape, trauma, post partum depression and abandonment of the mother by her partner or family. Show your participant/s the Process of an Abandoned Child Map, and discuss each step with them. See if they can identify some scenarios that could lead to child abandonment on the Choose to Care Community Map? Reflect on this issue and what is means for communities, families and individuals in South Africa.
5. THE PROCESS FOR ADOPTION
Use this map to have a discussion about adoption.
Discuss the concept of adoption with your participant/s, and what they think is positive or negative about this option? Show your participant/s the Process for Adoption Map and take them through the various steps in the adoption process. Link these steps back to the Choose to Care Community Map, by identifying where a person or persons could benefit from adoption. See if they can identify all of the key role players in the adoption process on the Community Map?
6. ACTION PLANNING
Before ending a discussion or workshop, be sure to agree what actions your participants will take based on what they have learnt.
Explain to your participant/s that it is important to turn their new understanding into action. This includes not just what you do, but how you do things moving forward. Tell your participant/s about the LOVE Values that support a strong and resilient community that puts the rights and needs of its children first, these include:
- LEAD by example
- OWN your life
- VISION your future
- ENGAGE with your community
Encourage each participant to share how they are going to change their action and behaviours based on your discussion with them.
Thank you participant/s for their time and input.