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The Don Bosco Project for the Young at Risk comprises the whole gamut services that young persons at risk need to enable them to get back to normal life with a sense of self-reliance and dignity. It includes counseling, medical care, spiritual and recreational facilities, formal and non-formal education, job-oriented vocational/technical training, job placement, family contact, family reunion and follow-up, advocacy and lobbying for legal changes, research and resource development, networking with other agencies for defending child rights through awareness, campaign, etc.

Homelink Network System (HLK) is on the World Wide Web and proprietary software to capture the information of children at risk across India to assist and restore them to the safety of a Home. The YaR Forum has two web-related services for the young at risk: and and they are executed through 277 Homelink Network Partners. These Network Partners are NGOs, Govt. Homes hosting children, Police, CWC, etc. spread out in 15 States & UTs of India.

Homelink is a web based service maintained by Don Bosco YaR Forum to facilitate their work for the young at risk, enabling them to maintain and share up to date information on child related issues, across the country. The system generates instant reports based on child profile, missing children, staff centre, sub-centre, and various analyses of reports at local and national level. It is a software tool for documentation .

To help find the missing children, the Network Partners use the other website: Created in association with UNICEF, the site has become a real boon for parents and organizations interested in locating/restoring missing children.

The moment a centre gets details of a missing child, it is placed on the website. The site immediately generates a search in local and national database, which has the registered Missing Children Complaints. Homelink Network Partners at various locations in the country are alerted and they swing into action for locating or restoring the child. Families and agencies get in touch with Homelink Centres either in person or online and sometimes missing children are located within hours.

Caring Community Network is a network of YaR Centres with the aim to transform themselves into Society-supported / Community-based movements on behalf of the young at risk. Increasing number of incidences of crime against children and the experiences of YaR forum in working with children are the inspiring factors that led to the implementation of the Caring Community Project to build a community which cares for its children especially those who are in deplorable and vulnerable situation. The experiences of YaR forum is that we need to move more into networking with the community and empowering it rather than working in isolation. It is our YaR Forum experience that the interventions have been more effective and transformative wherever YaR carried them out in close collaboration with the community. Our learning is that we need to move more into this mode – networking with the community and empowering it – rather than working in isolation. In this way society owns its responsibility for reaching out to and caring for its at-risk young people. This is the concept behind Caring Communities.

Caring Community project is being carried out in ten YaR Center in the country. The caring communities are working to make the community/society to care for the children and the young at risk and the caring communities centers are trying to achieve this goal through collaboration and working with civil society groups, children's clubs, youth volunteering groups, collaboration with government and allied systems, networking with NGOs, promoting alternative forms of care for the young at risk etc,. The project is being successfully carried out in all the ten centers by implanting the spirit of caring community in the YaR centers and in their initiatives.

Juvenile Justice National Desk (JJND) Mission is to facilitate an inclusive, democratic and result-oriented forum to catalyze sustainable, collaborative, and competent response in terms of Policy, Law and Practice under the purview of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Act 2006, through Juvenile Justice Communities of Practice (JJ CoP). JJND, launched of late, strives to facilitate exchange of news and information, knowledge sharing, mutual learning and support, and interaction among the JJ professionals and practitioners. This process, sustained and fostered, aspires to forge a united forum of JJ professionals, activists and practitioners that may be a force to reckon with to act collectively on common issues and influence policy/legislative reforms or changes to advocate the best interests of children in need of care and protection and those in conflict with the law. The making of JJND and its progression will be driven by the feed-back from, participation, guidance and expectations of all JJND partners, associates and friends.