A father hugged his son at home after a three-year-long battle with the institutions

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About three years ago, on the door of our Community Support Center in Sofia knocked Vladimir – a dad, carrying much bitterness in his heart and sadness in his eyes. Completely heartbroken, having lost all faith in the governmental institutions, Vlado was looking for support, to bring back his son. He told us about Vesko – his long-awaited, wanted and only son, who had just been born. On Easter. But the special day was ruined when social workers ripped Vesko from his father’s arms and took him away, somewhere where he would have to share the “love” of some unknown women with other, abandoned, unsought children. Which Vesko is not.   We took upon the case and worked on it for three whole years, during which we were by Vlado’s side, supporting him in his battle for his son, for his family, for his inherent right to be a father to his son, to take care of him, to love him. We accompanied him to all authorities, pled for him in court, worked side by side with his attorney. We nurtured his development as a person and helped him continue to be the father, who his other child – the beautiful Stella- needed.   Thanks to the dad’s perseverance and our team’s professionalism, a month ago Vlado finally brought his son back home. Today, father and son are together with mom and Vesko’s older sister. The happy family celebrated Christmas together at home – where the little guy was always awaited, having his special place.   Vlado and Vesko’s journey tells a story about distrust and misunderstanding, many fears but also tons of courage. It tells us about what it is like to have 2 children with a mentally-ill partner, what it is like to fight daily without the right to give up, and despite the fatigue, to not be able to fall asleep at the end of the day because one of your children is somewhere far away, preordained to spend the first years of its life away from its family….

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Another newborn baby was accommodated in one of “For Our Children” foundation’s foster families

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During the first 11 months of last year, 5 abandoned newborns were urgently accommodated in loving foster families, which “For Our Children” foundation works with. Today, this happened also with the little baby boy Ivaylo, who, thanks to the wonderful family of Galina and Alexey Angelov, will not spend the first months of his life in the solitude and loneliness of the orphanage but will be well taken care of and truly loved, just like any other child.   Ivaylo was abandoned right after birth – unwanted by his parents, the little boy spent the last 3 months in the hospital, awaiting his new mommy and daddy. The child was born with a problem in his development – one of his legs is not as well developed as the other. Although this problem is normally easy to overcome with regular rehabilitation, if neglected, could cause serious complications in the future. Because of this, it was very crucial for Ivo’s future development that he was moved into a loving family.   We, from “For Our Children” foundation are grateful to Galina and Alexey, which opened their hearts and home for yet another child, deprived of parental care. The family has been taking care of abandoned children since 2012 and by far has helped raise 4 children, 1 of which was reintegrated in its biological family, while the other 3 were adopted. Galina and Alexey are an example of how if given the necessary attention, love and care, every child has a chance for its own family.   “For Our Children” Foundation founded the first Foster Care Center in Bulgaria (2011). There, a team of experts gathers, trains and supports foster care parents (and candidates), who have opened up their homes for children which cannot live in their biological family. Our Foster Care Center works with 32 foster care families in Sofia and the district, which at the moment are taking care of 34 children at different…

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“For Our Children” foundation and 14 other NGOs declared their categorical support for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention

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We, from “For Our Children” foundation, and 14 other NGOs categorically declare our support for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, and announce that we are against all of the untruthful insinuations and claims, related to it, based on lack of knowledge, unfamiliarity with the subject or deliberate manipulation of the popular opinion. Giving a false course of the public debate and misinterpreting the idea behind the convention is equal to the refusal of accepting decisive measures against the abuse on women and children. The Istanbul Convention pays attention to all of those aspects which relate to prevention, information gathering, education, protection, reaction and help to those, victims of assault. The document was singed by 44 countries worldwide, from which 28 are European countries, 17 of those – members of the European Union. The Convention envisions each country to create a special monitoring mechanism, to set aside enough financial and human resources for its implementation, to pick or create one or more official organs, responsible for the coordination, implementation, monitoring and assessment of the policies and measures regarding the prevention of all forms of violence, listed in the Convention.   The ratification of the Convention will bring about a positive change in the national legal frame.   The written standpoint in favour of the ratification of the Istanbul Convention you can find here….

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Santa Claus visited the babies from “For Our Children” foundation’s “Children’s house” as well

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Today, the babies from our “Children’s house” rejoiced in the presence of many guests and even more presents. The most special one of the guests, Santa Claus, arrived from afar, with a big bag of wonderful surprises for the little ones.   We celebrated the special occasion with some of our volunteers and donors, who support us in the everyday care for the children.   For many of the children this was the first time meeting the white-bearded man and to capture this special moment, we took many wonderful photos.   We are grateful to our long-standing friends from Operation “Teddy Bear” and “Gradus” to which we owe the unique presents, that Santa Claus gave to the little cuties.   In the “Children’s house”, founded by “For Our Children” foundation, in a family-like environment, our team of trained babysitters takes short-term care for 6 children, age 0-7, saving them from the isolation of the institutions for abandoned children. During this period of time, we seek a more permanent solution for each and every one of them – returning to the biological family, adoption or life in a foster family. In our “Children’s house” the babies receive complete care, attention and love, while the periodic examinations done by the early childhood development specialists ensure that if there are any deviations in their development, they will be treated in a timely…

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Santa Claus brought presents to every child which “For Our Children” foundation’s Community Support Center “St. Sofia” works with

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Today, Santa Claus visited our Community Support Centre “St. Sofia” (CSC), carrying a heavy bag, filled with presents for all of the good children, which the Centre works with.   Our colleagues from the CSC had prepared special paper balls which the children decorated and brought home to add to their collection of Christmas ornaments. We all played, danced and sang holiday songs, awaiting Santa Claus and his most trusted helpers – the dwarfs. We experienced many positive emotions and reenergised ourselves with the wonderful Christmas spirit. The pleasant memory we captured in many cheerful photos.   We are thankful to our long-standing partners and friends from Operation “Teddy Bear” who for yet another year make the Christmas dreams of many children come true by providing specially-picked presents for each and every one of them.    “For Our Children” foundation’s Community Support Centre “St. Sofia” was founded in 2005. At the centre, our social workers, psychiatrists and other specialists work to prevent the abandonment of children, provide support to families in order to prevent separation of children from their parents. We also support foster parents, adoption candidates and parents, who have done everything in their power to take their children back from institutions. For the period between January and November of 2017, our specialists from CSC assisted more than 400 children and families; saved 58 newborns from abandonment, worked with 155 families within the program “prevention of abandonment – family support for secure care”, helped 42 children to successfully return and stay in their biological family, taught 82 adoption…

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Santa Claus brought many gifts to the children, accommodated in foster families of “For Our Children” foundation

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With lots of special surprises and entertaining activities, the team of „For Our Children Foundation” with children in foster care and their foster care parents, met the long-awaited guest – Santa Claus.   The celebration was filled with many emotions, games and happy children’s smiles. The babies met with Santa Claus and enjoyed the games at a children’s center in the capital, and the older children played bowling with their foster parents and the foundation’s team. For all, there were gifts donated by our friends from Citibank, who for the third consecutive year help us fulfill the Christmas dreams of the children supported by the foundation.     The staff of the Children’s Center was very positive and their enthusiasm was triggered so much, by the stories told by the foster parents and by their positive example, that they asked the organization’s representatives how they can volunteer.     We, from “For Our Children” foundation, are delighted that these children will not be missing the celebrations of the brightest and most festive day of the year behind the walls of the institutions, but will enjoy warmth and comfort in real family environment.         “For Our Children” foundation is the founder of the first foster care center in Bulgaria. There, team of specialists recruits, educates and supports candidates and foster families who have taken in their home children who cannot live in their native family. In addition to expert support, families receive regular and other types of support on a regular basis: one-off financial assistance at child placement, monthly financial assistance, material support, organizing holidays on various occasions (birthday, Christmas, 1st June), and care for children in with special needs and rehabilitation when necessary. At the end of November this year, 37 children live in foster families that are prepared and supported by…

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The volunteers of at For Our Children Foundation are true heroes – they help to change the lives of children at risk

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Today, December 5th, is the International Volunteer Day, and we want to thank all of our friends and supporters who are part of our volunteer initiatives. They are real heroes, as together with them we change the lives of children at risk and provide them with the opportunity for development and happy childhood.   The most long-term voluntary initiative is at our Children’s House. The trustworthy and good-hearted people who support us are part of our team and every week they give their love and time to the little children. They take the babies for a walk, take them to children’s shows, play with them and celebrate with them all holidays and important events in their lives; because they know that care and warm human relationships are extremely important for the healthy development of the kids.   Each year we attract volunteers for our biggest charity event – “Evening of the Virtues”. This year, many of our colleagues volunteered during the event and showed extreme flexibility by entering new roles for the first time. We are proud that many of our former colleagues and interns actively supported us during the event and together we all worked as one team.   Volunteers from the corporate sector donate their time and support. As part of their corporate social responsibility, the employees of our partner organizations are involved in various initiatives and we are extremely grateful for their efforts, smiling faces and…

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The first 12 socially responsible companies joined “This Christmas You Make the Miracles!” campaign

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Twelve socially responsible companies are already preparing interesting activities in their offices to welcome the Christmas spirit. Jolly mood and kindness of the heart, during the most festive month of the year, will help newborn babies at risk not to start their lives behind the walls of homes for abandoned children.   The first participants in the fifth edition of For Our Children Foundation’s “This Christmas You Make the Miracles!” are the following: Deichmann; BRITANICA (Lyulin branch office); Penkov, Markov and partners; Sutherland global; Profit Credit; Kreston Bulmar; ING Bank; Abrites; Compass; Kikka Boo; Porsche Sofia East and BOLD fashion.   They chose one of the twelve different ideas for a Christmas activity. Three organizations will raise funds through “Taste Christmas”, two through “Cinema in the office”, and two others chose the traditional “Christmas Market”.   All these different companies are united by a common cause – to help more children live with their parents and have a chance for a happy childhood and healthy development. The cause of the campaign is the prevention of separation, because only the family can provide the comfort and support needed for the development of a child. With the funds raised from the campaign, the foundation’s team will support families in their maternity ward, so they will not abandon their children and will provide them with a happy childhood.   If you are a socially responsible organization and want to help children at risk and their parents, visit website of the campaign – http://yourmiracles.eu and take a look at the list of challenges that prove that doing good is easy and can be fun. On the website, you will find the materials necessary for organizing each of the initiatives.   Be part of the Christmas campaign by signing up at charity@detebg.org to so that together we can fulfil the dream of hundreds of children for a…

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