Shabtai Levi Facts
15 Montefiori Street in Haifa. Israel.
The Shabtai Levi Home opened in 1945 as a day care center for children of Jewish Brigade soldiers who had fought in Europe.
The centre provides a range of emergency/residential care services for physically and emotionally abused children ages 3 days to 7 years. In addition. a Mother/Child Residential Unit provides a supervised rehabilitation within the home for the care of malfunctioning mothers together with their infant and young children.
How It Works
The children are cared for in one of four different frameworks:
The Emergency Centre
The Emergency Centre serves as a refuge for children at high risk as well as an intensive evaluation facility. It absorbs candidates at short notice, at any time, for a stay of up to four months. The intensive care includes a rapid diagnosis of the child and of the parent-child relationship as well as an evaluation of the prospects for improved parental performance.
The Residential Facility
The Residential Facility accepts children from chronically troubled families needing a long-term rehabilitation process. The children receive warm,individualized attention and professional treatment addressing their particular needs. Nursery, preschool and kindergarten programs are provided on the premises. and more than half of the Home's young residents attend therapeutic kindergartens. In addition. Shabtai Levi has opened a Grade One for the many 6 and 7 year olds living there for an extended period. This special learning environment with a higher ratio of staff to students keep school-age children from falling behind in their education while their family situation stabilizes. These children are now given the head start they so deserve and are thriving on the ability to catch-up with other children who grew up in better homes
The Mother/Child Residential Facility
Since the launch of the Canadian Friends of the Shabtai Levi Home in Toronto,in December 2002, money has been raised, to among other things, fund the first Mother/Child Unit. Our Unit has eight rooms and each is furnished with a single bed.a crib. a chest of drawers and a shared bathroom. This vital unit enables mothers with parenting difficulties to live with their babies in a closely supervised environment. A family can stay for 14 months with the possibility of extension if needed. After 14 months,if the process succeeds.the family can go back to lead an independent life in the community. If the process fails. the children are placed in the care of foster parents or are adopted. This Unit has had great success. not only saving the life of the child, but also the mother!
Shlom Hayaled-Community Child Protection Clinic
This ambulatory centre is designed for families whose child is not threatened with removal from the home. This centre allows parents and children to receive vital diagnostic and rehabilitative services, while maintaining their day-to-day routines at home.
When children complete their stay at the Shabtai Levi Home,they leave to one of the following destinations: their natural family, adoptive fami lies, a foster family or a residentia l facility for older children.