CRAN was founded by Ximena Lleras Puga in 1978, with the name “Center for Rehabilitation and Adoption of the Child”, as a non-profit organization to protect the children population in Colombia. It has an operating license from the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare, ICBF.
Initially, the Foundation focused its efforts on working with children and with pregnant women who were in conflict with their pregnancy. In the late eighties, the scope was expanded to work with abandoned children that had a mild mental retardation, creating a program of special education. In 1995, CRAN performed a self-assessment and institutional strengthening process, with the support of the Restrepo Barco and the FES foundations, resulting in the redesign of the models of the existing programs: birth mother’s home, protection and adoption, and special education, from a planning perspective based on the children rights.
The demands of the social and economic context, as well as the planning scheme adopted were the starting point of successive changes in the organization through continuous improvement and streamlining processes. Similarly, institutional strengthening allowed CRAN to promote and develop initiatives with other organizations to build better tools to assess the effectiveness of management and the organization’s impact. To this effect, CRAN is involved in the creation and implementation of the “Safety Net for Children, REDPAI” in 1997.
Starting in 1999, CRAN begins its consolidation as a social enterprise, which involved a thorough review of its mission, vision, principles and management policies that would guide the work. For the organizational and administrative areas, it had the advice of renowned consulting firms such as Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Top Management and Corporate Strategy, and others. The birth mother’s home model was reviewed working with Los Pisingos Foundation. The intervention for children abused model had the expert advice of organizations such as Affect Association against Child Abuse, Reunir Foundation, Cinde and Save the Children and others. This strengthening process also included a master architectural plan to redesign and enlarge the two foundation’s locations allowing them to allocate more beneficiaries of the programs since 2004
Today, CRAN continues to provide services of social value for the integral protection of childhood rights, with emphasis on the development of prevention alternatives that contribute to the reduction in fragile environments, conducive to the infringement of those