President Tsai attends Taiwan Fund for Children and Families 70th Anniversary
President Ing-Wen Tsai attends on August 15 the “TFCF Families 70th Anniversary Celebration & TFCF Building Opening Ceremony.”
President Ing-Wen Tsai attended on August 15 the “Taiwan Fund for Children and Families 70th Anniversary Celebration & Building Opening Ceremony.” In her remarks, President Tsai first congratulated the opening of the TFCF Building. She added, as 2020 is the 70th anniversary of the TFCF, she believes that the TFCF will bring more innovative services to the public with this new landmark of social welfare services.
The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF) began its services for Taiwan in Taichung. To date, it has helped over 300,000 children at home and abroad and provided services in up to 35 countries. On her visit on the TFCF Changhua Center last year, President Tsai was deeply impressed by TFCF’s operations and achievements. She also saw that children at the center had received very good care. In addition, she remembers that the TFCF also took foreign children receiving TFCF aid to visit her at the President’s Office when the TFCF invited them to Taiwan for the first time the year before last year. According to President Tsai, the TFCF has done many things for the first time over the last 70 years, and many of TFCF’s first-time events have become the important foundation of Taiwan’s social welfare policies. Recalling the TFCF events four years ago, President Tsai talked about the government’s plan to set up personal accounts for economically disadvantaged children to help them break the poverty cycle. In the last four years, the “Children’s Education Development Account” has emerged from nothing. With the assistance of the TFCF and non-governmental organizations, not only has the legislative work been completed, half of the eligible people in Taiwan have opened an account.
President Tsai addresses the 70th Anniversary Celebration & Building Opening Ceremoney of TFCF.
The “TFCF Building” is the result of the concerted efforts of all. It represents TFCF’s dedication and persistence. Its future functions will be comprehensive, including becoming a professional research and development center for social work; a venue of skills training and education for helping disadvantaged children, youth, and families; an education and training base for TFCF social workers, and a base for developing international NGO exchange. More importantly, it will become a common home for many people.
“The TFCF is working so hard that the government must make greater efforts.” In recent years, the government has been actively strengthening the social security network and has introduced various new policies in areas such as child and youth protection, anti-drug, long-term care, childcare, and physical and mental disabilities with significantly increased budgets. Both the TFCF and social workers in different parts of society are the important promoters to these policies. Therefore, the government has hired more social workers and increased the pay of social workers of the public sector year by year. For the private sector, it is necessary to establish a well-structured salary system for social workers to receive more support in their work. In the future, the government will make rolling revision of various policies to improve the welfare for children and protect their rights and interests.
Over the last 70 years, the TFCF has been playing the “Good Samaritan” role in Taiwan. In addition to a “good helper,” it is an advocator and promoter of welfare for children and youths. In the future, it is hoped that the government and the private sector can continue to work together to turn more ideas into practical policies and actions to help more children and continue to promote the development of children’s welfare.
President Tsai poses for a photo with participants attending the 70th Anniversary Celebration & Building Opening Ceremoney of TFCF.
President Tsai attends the 70th Anniversary Celebration & Building Opening Ceremoney of TFCF.