Helping families become
spaces that are safe & loving

Setshabelo Family and Child Services is an organisation that aims to help the community of Botshabelo and the Free State at large, create families where children are love and thus thrive as future change makers 

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Our core business is adoption, foster care and family support services

We are designated as a child protection organisation

About us

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Setshabelo Family and Child Services (SFCS) was established in 2014 after engagement with the community about their needs. The research was done in collaboration with various stakeholders including the Department of Social Development (DSD),the municipality, schools, churches, community organisations and NGOs with the support of Bethany Christian Services.

The outcome of the study found a clear need for a designated child protection organisation capacitated to provide full Child Protection Services support of the local DSD office. 

Our primary area of operation is in Botshabelo, a township in the Free State province in South Africa. We do also give some of our services to other parts of the province.

Collaborating with local churches, schools, community organisations, public and private business, we give out our intervention services to families. These include: gender-based violence services, family support services, youth programs, programs for me, foster care and adoption services. We also have a temporary place of safety for children who are in dire situations. These are all geared towards safe-guarding the interests of children and preserving families.

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our goal

Our mission is to empower families to care for children through provision of social services focusing on prevention, early intervention and statutory services

Family preservation

The aim here is to strengthen and build the capacity and self-reliance of families with children to be able to address challenges that may occur in the family environment. Our programs include themes such as marriage counselling, parenting training, fatherhood, yolo for youths and many more. 


In giving adoption services we want children to find forever families where they will be loved and protected wholeheartedly in healthy and safe family environments. We offer our adoption services for free to South African families across the Free State and South Africa. 

gender based violence

In collaboration with the two police station offices in Botshabelo, we have started a Victim Empowerment Centre where our social workers meet and counsel victims of physical and sexual abuse. Our aim here is to stand against GBV and protect children in families where abuse is present.

latest causes

Our latest fight is helping in standing against the high rate of gender-based violence in South Africa. We as SFCS have collaborated with the police and health department in Botshabelo with our victim empowerment center to offer counselling and referral services to people who may need it. We welcome you to partner with us in this

Botshabelo Victim Empowerment Centre 

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victim empowerment

In the fight against gender based violence we do not only focus on helping the victims of abuse but once we have helped them find a safe place to live (away from the perpetrator, if they wish so) and are assisting them with the counselling they need we also call in the perpetrator as we believe that they too need to be counselled in order to figure out why they are abusive.

We further assist the victim in the process of deciding whether they just want to talk or they want to open a case against their abuser. 

GBV is a major challenge across South Africa and even more so across Africa. As individuals we have a responsibilities not to be silent when we see abuse happen. Do not turn a blind eye when you see your neighbours going through abuse and this is what we hope our community will gain from this service that we offer.


Join hands with us by making a donation for us to further our services and extend our reach beyond what we are doing now.

Contact our Operations Manager for our banking details on +27 (81) 587 1838BaccounName: Setshabelo Family andricmbernch::993fZAJJ

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