For Our Children Foundation is a Bulgarian non-government organization which has been supporting the vulnerable children and their families since 1992. For Our Children is an inheritor of the British human rights organizations European Children’s Trust, Christian Children’s Fund and Every Child. With its international experience and qualified expertise, the organization applies for the first time at national level the support for parents for prevention of children abandonment, foster care and creates the first municipal teams of social workers for child protection. For 25 years now, For Our Children Foundation has been a standard for qualified social work, works for its integration in the state policy for child protection and for the increase of the system’s capacity.
How we help
Every year, more than 1000 children are abandoned by their parents, most of them at the maternity ward. Their childhood starts in a social institution or separated from their parents and are brought up by strangers.
The active social work, psychological support and mobilization of different specialists around a child are the main factors, which help for coping with the situation of vulnerability and the hardship in the life of a family.
Our team in action
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….
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…
Today, we sent the little beautiful Tony from “Children’s House” to his new home, with his new loving mom and dad. Tony came to us immediately after birth, at 15 days of age, and very soon became the pearl in the crown of “Children’s House”. He was crying a lot, was capricious, and he was a little bit naughty, but he was captivating everyone around him with unique charm, smile, big eyes and curly dark hair. The little buddy was very sick, had a slight backwardness – he could not turn around for 7 months, but with the support of psychologists and specialists from “Early Childhood Intervention” at “For Our Children” foundation, Tony quickly overcame the problems and is now in full readiness to learn how to walk. Together with the other kids from “Children’s House”, Tony had fun each week with “Music in Action”, organized by the Center for Public Support “St. Sofia, “he sang in his own baby language, danced with a daire and drummed on drums. But his favorite thing was the puppet theater – he was laughing out loud every time he was watching it. Yesterday was Tony’s first birthday. We celebrated it in “Children’s House” with delicious treats and many presents, but the biggest gift for the baby arrived a bit later – his new mom and dad, glowing with happiness and tears in the eyes. The three of them headed for their new life as a healthy and happy family. And to the two-meter cake with which they will treat all their relatives and friends for Tony’s birthday. And we, the “Children’s House” team, want Tony to have a wonderful and sunny childhood and continue to capture everyone with his unique charm and a curly, beautiful head. Tony is one of 33 children who, after spending a few months in “Children’s House”, found a loving and stable family. For 5 years now, “Children’s House” is functioning so that the abandoned babies can get the care and attention necessary for each child in a safe, family-friendly environment. “Children’s House” is a place for the transition of abandoned children from temporary to long-term family environment without having to spend the first moments of their lives in the loneliness and isolation of the social…
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