What is an SWDA?

What is an SWDA?

Social Welfare and Development Agencies (SWDAs) refer to a person, corporation or organization, engaged in providing, directly or indirectly, social welfare services, and obtains its finances either totally or in part, from any agency or instrumentality of the government and/or from the community by direct or indirect solicitations and/or fund drives and/or endowment.

Types of SWDA:

  1. Social Welfare Agency (SWA) Referes to a type of SWDA which employs social workers and/or community development workers and other qualified paraprofessionals who have related training and experience that directly provide remedial, preventive and developmental programs and services to individuals, families, groups and/or communities. These may include:
      • Residential based Agency – an SWA which provides twenty-four (24) hour residential care services for abandoned, neglected or voluntarily committed children or youth, women, persons with disabilities and older persons
      • Community-based Agency – an SWA implements community-based services to senior citizens center, day care center, vocational rehabilitation center, sponsorship/scholarship program, assistance to victims of disaster and social services to individuals and families among others while in their home or in the community.
      • Child Placing Agency – refers to an SWA that receives and processes applicants to become foster or adoptive parents and facilitate placement of children eligible for foster care or adoption
  2. Auxiliary SWDA – refers to a type of SWDA which provides supportive activities in the delivery of social welfare and development programs and services to the disadvantaged sectors. These may include:
      • People’s Organization – refers to an auxiliary SWDA with a bonafide association of citizens, with identifiable leadership, membership and structure that has demonstrated its capacity to promote the public interest and engage in social welfare activities e.g. federation of senior citizens, youth organizations and association of women and persons with disabilities
      • Resource Agency refers to an auxiliary SWDA that provides tangibles such as funds, food, clothing, medicines and shelter, or intangibles such as knowledge and skills to help various SWDAs to achieve their goals in providing social welfare and development services for their beneficiaries.
      • SWD Network – refers to a group of SWDAs that organized themselves for a common goal in promoting social protection of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups eg. coalition, alliance, or federation

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