Familia is a small commune that consists of four foster families. It is situated in the village of Bhaluka 55km north of Kolkata in the North 24-Parganas District of West Bengal, India. Familia is the Latin term for family. It best represents the basic aim of the organization, namely, to offer the joys and benefits of family life to children who have lost their parents and family.Today there are 65 children (46 girls, 19 boys) living in the foster families. In addition, there are 14 children, (5 girls, 9 boys) who were in the foster families in their younger days and now stay with their relatives, continuing their education with support from Familia. Thus a total of 79 children are under Familia’s care at the moment. Everyone is closely followed up and guided..
The foster homes provide the closest alternative to a natural family for children who would otherwise never experience the joys of family life or bonding with a caring adult. (For some reason or other they are not eligible for normal adoption).