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.
How you can help
For more than 20 years “For Our Children” Foundation has met a reliable and responsible partner in the face of the business sector. A sector with which we realize project for corporate social responsibility, we create new social innovations, we support the most vulnerable children and families and we make children’s dreams come true.
Everybody from “For Our Children” Foundation believes that small acts multiplied by millions of people can change the world. Our individual donors are people who every year change the world for hundreds of children by donating once or regularly with material donations or volunteering.
Our team in action
Events and campaigns
Фондация „За Нашите Деца“ и фирма „Компас“ организираха весел празник по случай Международния ден на детето. В часовете между 16:00 и 20:00 часа десетки малчугани и техните родители празнуваха на Лятната сцена в Борисовата градина. По време на празника децата се забавляваха с фокуси и аниматори, с рисунки върху лице и детската дискотека за малки и големи. Огромен интерес сред малчуганите предизвика Стихотворилницата, в която с помощта на екипите на фондация „За Нашите Деца“ и фирма „Компас“ те написаха весели стихчета за детството, игрите, за мама и за татко. 12-годишната Василена пък написа истинска дълга творба, посветена на Международния ден на детето. Всички гости на празника имаха възможност да опитат от вкусните сандвичи с любимите детски пастети Happy Junior, произведени от „Компас“ ООД. Те се произвеждат вече 5 години, а 8% от стойността на всеки закупен продукт с марката Happy Junior се даряват на фондация „За Нашите Деца“. Вече 22 години фондация „За Нашите Деца“ се грижи всички деца в България да получават грижи, обич и подкрепа в истинска семейна среда. Защото специалистите на фондацията знаят, че няма по-ценно на света от ласката на мама и подкрепата на татко, от баба и дядо, от всички, които са наше…
After an urgent intervention from the Community Support Centre “St. Sofia” an infant, which had been abandoned in the maternity ward, was successfully returned to the family. A week ago we received a call from the maternity ward in a hospital. This is one of the hospitals in Sofia which the foundation works with for the prevention of child abandonment project. A mother had abandoned her newborn baby –a first girl among her five other children, because she wasn’t capable of looking after it. We started working on the case and our first goal was to find out what makes a family which takes care of five boys give up its first baby girl. We visited the parents to discuss with them the reasons for their tough decision. We also wanted to examine the family environment. We met with a nice Bulgarian family which loved its five sons, the oldest of whom went to school. The family shared their concerns with our social worker – the mother was responsible for taking care of the household and for the boys, while the father along with the uncle and the grandmother were working to provide for the large family. Unfortunately, the resources were never enough. “The main reason to leave our baby is that we just don’t have enough resources. We can’t even ensure the most basic things. It is almost impossible for us to provide a normal life for our daughter, while we take care of the rest of our children at the same time.” – They told us with great pain. Keeping the girl seemed like an impossible task for them. We discussed the situation with the family and the consequences of their decision. We offered our support. After the conversation the parents changed their minds and decided to keep the baby. We gladly helped them bring their daughter home. We ensured the most fundamental things for the baby such as a diapers pack, some clothes and a baby bath tub. The foundation will continue working with the family and will assist them in taking care for their first daughter. We wish them love to help them take care of each…
What can make a mother decide to abandon her newborn child? Sometimes the lack of support from her family and relatives and the financial shortage, are factors that are strong enough for the parents to start considering such an option. Such an intention had a mother, still in maternity ward, of the newborn baby girl called Vasilena. The parents had two more children and have no support from the grandparents. The father insisted that they would not be capable of taking care of their third child and that the prospect of abandonment seemed to offer her better life opportunities. This is what the young mother reluctantly told the doctors, who contacted our Center for Public Support “For Children and Parents”. Immediately, we started working with the parents, consulting both the mother and father of the baby. We spoke a lot with them about the risks and consequences for the child from the potential separation from its family, about their ability to cope with the care for Vasilena, about the support that they can receive from us. We had separate sessions during which our experts provided emotional assistance to the father. Not long after that, provoked also from the strong emotional attachment of the mother towards Vasilena, the father took his final decision. He would not abandon his little girl. The parents, in a confident and joyous manner, announced their decision that they would not separate from their baby and thanked our team for the help that we provided in a moment that was very difficult for them. And Vasilena? She is not completely aware of what is happening, but she feels the love of her parents and the warmth of her maternal caress. Her life, just started, will continue among the love and care of her family. We are extremely happy for her and will continue to support the parents, to be able to cope with any difficulties, making sure that the child will grow healthy and happy with the love of her…
The family of the two-year-old Gabi sought help from our Community Support Centre “St. Sofia”. The child was suffering from a delay in the motor skills development. This required the regular attendance of a hospital where the child was undergoing a series of rehabilitation procedures and multiple procedures in a hyperbaric chamber. Gabi’s parents were doing their best to help her develop properly, but the doctors informed that the girl was underdeveloped for her age and she needed early child intervention services in other parts of her development. A medical specialist directed the parents towards the “Early Child Intervention” program, which our Community Support Centre “St. Sofia” offers. Our team performed an overall assessment of the child’s development and skills. We made an individual plan and conducted a number of interventions. To ensure support, we organized consultations for Gabi’s parents. Six month later we made another assessment so that we could study the girl’s progress. We also included Gabi in a group music therapy. There was a significant improvement in her development. She had enhanced her communication, motor skills, problem solving and social skills. All these factors along with the efforts of Gabi’s parents contributed to the improvement of the child’s condition. The girl can now walk without anyone’s help, keep her balance and run freely. There is also an improvement in Gabi’s speech. The child can recognize objects and animals on pictures, draw, sing and dance. Gabi’s story proves that with the help of the foundation and thanks to the persistence, faith and care of her parents, every child can receive a healthy and happy…
Sofia Airport Center (Logistic Center), building В2, 2, bul. “Hristofor Columb” 64, Sofia 1592
02/ 980 70 58, 988 82 45
With the support of Sofia Airport Center
Community Support Centre “Saint Sofia”
21, Gueshevo str., Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
02/ 822 35 10
Family type placement centre “Childhood”
2 Ohridsko ezero str. , Sofia, Bulgaria
0892 285 003