Our mission

For Our Children Foundation is a successor to the British organization for protecting children’s rights “EveryChild” and has been working in Bulgaria since 1992. For Our Children is the first Bulgarian non-government organization that introduces foster care as early as 1997. Today we are working to make sure no Bulgarian child spends the first years of their life in the isolation of the institutions but lives safe and loved in a family.


We aim to provide the highest level of support for the babies, children and young people who are at most risk in our communities. We work closely with families, extended families, foster carers and healthcare professionals to ensure that every child has the best chance.

Our vision:

We want every vulnerable child in Bulgaria to experience a safe and happy childhood and to look forward to a bright future.


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Ivanka Shalapatova received the President's Badge of Honour for protecticting children's rights

21 Noe 2014
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12 Noe 2014
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Ivanka Shalapatova


My professional experience in the last 13 years is in the field of NGO management and development. In 1997 I began working for a British charity organization “European Children’s Trust” as Administrative Assistant. A year later I became Project Coordinator and I started to manage two teams. Following a selection procedure in 2000, I was appointed a Director of the British organization.   I initiated significant changes in the organization and I have always... »
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