CCK granted 600 million won a year for three years between 2008 and 2010 according to an agreement with Mapo-gu. For two years between 2011 and 2012, it provided 350 million won. So, for the past five years, it has provided Mapo-gu with 2.15 billion won. Mapo-gu began to spend its own budget in 2011. It allocated 190 million won in 2011 and 200 million won in 2012. It is planning to support 300 million won a year starting in 2013.
In addition, Mapo-gu has provided an office of 330㎡ for three years since 2008, which could translate into 250 million won with 50 million won in rent per year. It has also supported the taxes and utilities bills for the office. An annual average of 100 million has been raised locally because of the project accomplishments.
The strategy Mapo-gu adopted to establish an integrated infant and child support system was CI (community impact).
The center has applied the stage strategy recommended by CI phases as follows:
With KI (Key Informant) and FGI (Focus Group Interview), the center has identified the demand for infant and child issues in the local community, cataloged major resources from diverse sources, and managed them.
It has formed a strong partnership with the local community including residents, public institutions and organizations through numerous hearings and meetings.
Based on the results, the private and public sectors together set the agenda regarding the infant and child issues and set up a network with the people in medicine, welfare, childcare and psychology.
Efforts are being made to sustain the project results with various public institutions, organizations and residents that participate in the network.
Also, at the level of infants and children as well as their families, the major implementation tool is the enhancement of the capabilities of family members through strengths perspective case management designed to present fundamental problem solutions. The establishment of a community support system for the infants and children and the activation of social capital were also pursued as well.
Overall, the core technical resources were an organic combination of the community level involvement and the personal involvement with the infants, children and their families to improve the problem solving capabilities of the people concerned along with the establishment of a network and infrastructure to support it.
Given the characteristics of Korea that lack a sufficient infrastructure for welfare for infants and children, the project aims at expanding the welfare infrastructure for infants and children, activating a care network based on the center, and advancing welfare services for infants and children.
The center is the core organization responsible for the promotion of the integrated infant and child support project. It is staffed with 10 professionals.
They are seasoned social welfare specialists that include licensed social workers, nurses and preschool teachers. They have created a professional and sensitive service support system through multidisciplinary approaches.