The volunteers of at For Our Children Foundation are true heroes – they help 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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European Commission Report: Early childhood care and education are among the key challenges that Bulgaria is facing

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Early childhood care and education, which is are extremely important elements of early childhood development, are among the key challenges that Bulgaria is facing, according to European Commission’s “Education and Training Monitor 2017” Periodic Report. The document outlining the main achievements and challenges in Bulgaria’s education system was presented today at the European Commission’s Representation in Bulgaria by Stefan Hermais, Policy Strategy and Policy Director, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture of the European Commission.   According to the report, Bulgaria is lagging behind in meeting the target set by the European Union – 95% of children between 4 years of age and compulsory school age attending forms of pre-school education. While the target for the EU as a whole is almost fully achieved (94.8%), this percentage for the year 2015 is 89.2%, with a range that is not rising compared to the previous year. The participation of Roma children in forms of pre-school education is particularly worrying – 66% in 2016, and although it has risen in recent years, it remains low. The introduction of compulsory two-year pre-school education is an important step in ensuring an equal start for disadvantaged pupils. Recent plans have been announced to further extend compulsory pre-school education by including the age group for 4-year-olds. The quality of education continues to be a major challenge, as demonstrated by students’ poor achievements in international success studies.   Children aged between 0 and 3 years are not included in this report, as they are not covered by the education system. However, their age group is commented on in the final part of the pan-European report outlining the EU’s vision for progress towards the 2020 targets: “The logical next step would be to provide high quality and accessibility to childcare facilities as well as to extend the participation of children under the age of 3 to meet the 33% target.” In Bulgaria, this indicator is much lower and the next step would be to ensure a high level of high quality and accessibility for nurseries and kindergartens.   For Our Children Foundation works for the improvement of policies, aimed at children at early age in the educational, health and social systems, as well as for the improvement of the practices in these sectors. The Foundation develops and provides social and integrated services that offer health, social and educational support to children and their…

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Parents and children took part in a puppet theater at the Community Support Center “St. Sofia” on the Christian Family Day

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During the Christian Family Day, which is on the 21st of November, parents and children had fun together at For Our Children Foundation’s Community Support Center “St. Sofia”.   The team of the Community Support Center played a special puppet theater – a version of the famous fairy tale “The three little pigs”. Both the employees of the Center and the children participated in a real family celebration. With a lot of good mood and excitement everyone joined the games. The children were truly happy – singing and dancing. Some of the youngest children even took part in the theater play – as the big bad wolf, or as one of the three piglets!         After the theater all the children received a sweet treat and many Christmas presents, given to them with a sincere wishes for lot of health and family comfort. The kids received a colouring book with materials for drawing, which again rejoiced the children at the end of the celebration.   We believe that every family has taken home at least a bit of the light of the wonderful family holiday.   The Community Support Center “St. Sofia “ was established by For Our Children Foundation in 2005 and provides social services in support of the youngest children at risk and their…

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More than 1,500 children and families trusted “For Our Children” foundation during the first 9 months of this year

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More than 1,500 children and families have trusted “For Our Children” foundation only during the first nine months of 2017 (for the whole year  of 2016, they are 900). During the first nine months of this year, we supported 1256 children in biological, adoptive and extended families, 37 foster families. 10 children came to Children’s House.   The number of supported children and families since the establishment of the foundation 25 years ago until September 30th this year exceeded 10,800.   During the first 9 months of 2017 in the Community Support Centers in Sofia and Plovdiv, the  Foster Care Center and our Children’s House, our experts worked with 622 children and families.   Under the program “Preventing the separation of newborns from their families”, we worked on 88 cases and saved 56 children from abandonment, thanks to our active cooperation with health institutions, the timely intervention and support we gave to the parents.   As of 30.09.2017 “For Our Children” foundation works on 330 cases under the program “Prevention of separation – family support”. All children stayed in their families. Through the program, we helped 19 children in families of relatives; 14 children in adoptive families; 10 child victims of violence; 29 children at risk of dropping out of school; 9 children with difficult behavior.   We supported 38 children and families in re-integration.  The free courses for parental skills organized by us continue to enjoy great interest from future and current parents. More than 210 mothers and fathers joined them since the beginning of the year. More and more popular are the courses and consultations for primary prevention of the separation of children from their families and for prospective adoptive parents – we trained 68 prospective adopters, conducted 52 courses and primary prevention groups.   The support to biological, family and adoptive families, the effect of which the Foundation performs according to an internationally established methodology, has a positive impact on the children, according to the research of the quality of our services. The children and parents who use the services are assessed when starting work with them after a period of six months. As a result of the work of “For Our Children” foundation, 136 of the estimated 154 children found a positive change, their parents took the necessary care of them and adequately met their needs. The parents of 18 of the children still need us. We have worked hard to build an emotional relationship between parents and their children. 123 children at risk of abandonment remained in their biological…

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The Executive Director of For Our Children Foundation Ivanka Shalapatova and the diplomatic partner of Evening of Virtues H.E. Stavros Avgoustides handed a valuable rosary to Atanas Furnadzhiev – managing director of Moto Pfohe

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The Executive Director of For Our Children Foundation Ivanka Shalapatova and H.E. Mr. Stavros Avgoustides Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Bulgaria and diplomatic partner of the Evening of the Virtues 2017 presented to the Managing Director of Moto Pfohe Mr. Atanas Furnadjiev the silver rosary given to Mr. Avgoustides by Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. Mr. Furnadjiev was the highest bidder for the specific valuable object at the charity auction of the eighth edition of the Evening of Virtues held  on October 23rd and gathered over 400 representatives of the socially responsible business Mr. Furnadjiev and Moto Pfohe has once again demonstrated their support for the organization’s charity work and its mission to give a strong start for the lives of thousands of children at risk.   Mr. Furnadjiev himself donated an object that provoked strong interest among the guests of the organization’s biggest charity event – a t-shirt of French football national player Anthony Martial.   With the donations that amount to over 160 000 leva, For Our Children Foundation will implement the “I Play and Dream” program, which will encourage the development of 720 children living in institutions or in a risk family environment and will strengthen their relationship with the adults who take care of them.   H.E. Stavros Avgoustides, Mr. Furnadjiev and Mrs. Shalapatova used the opportunity to discuss their plans for the future.   We are grateful for the support of H.E Stavros Avgoustides and Mr. Furnadjiev, who are part of the community of like-minded people who support our vision and without whom we could not fulfill our mission for development and happy childhood for the most vulnerable children in…

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Good practices for prevention of separation of children from families and reintegration presented “For Our Children”

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The expert Desislava Ilieva from “For Our Children” foundation presented good practices for prevention of the abandonment of children by their families and reintegration during a round table talk on the topic “Holistic Approach in Working with Families on Prevention and Reintegration” organized by  “Lumos” foundation “. The event gathered over 30 representatives of the non-governmental sector, who shared and discussed their experience on both themes.   Desi Ilieva shared with our colleagues the mechanisms we, from the foundation, are working on, our approach and the key messages that we strive to address to parents in a crisis situation. There was interest provoked by the fact that crisis intervention is being undertaken by us, and colleagues from the Child Protection Department rarely go to maternity wards and rather rely on our reports. She also presented “Guidelines for Families for Children’s Security”, a tool developed jointly with leading international and Bulgarian experts and social service providers, with the financial support of “OAK” foundation. “Good cooperation with the CPD and partners in the sector, the long years of experience, the high expertise of the whole team, the individual approach to each case are part of the factors that help” For Our Children” foundation to have a high percentage of success in preventing separation and reintegration,” Desi said. For the first 9 months of 2017. the success rate in preventing the separation of a newborn from the biological family is 65%, compared to 48% in 2016.   Experiences and ideas were also shared by the organizers of the event – “Lumos” foundation and “Hope and Homes for Children” foundation….

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Today our little “Antonio Banderas” left “Children’s House” together with his new mom and dad

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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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For yet another year “For Our Children” foundation project was selected to participate in Raiffeisenbank’s charity campaign “Choose to Help”

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This year, “For Our Children” foundation applied with a  project named “Give a happy childhood to children with difficulties in development”. Six children with physical disabilities and / or development difficulties will be supported by the project implementation, will be provided with the opportunity to work with different specialists and will participate in  innovative therapies.   Thanks to the initiative, last year we managed to raise over  10,000 leva for the project “A dream for a family in the Children’s house”. With the help of our team, we have helped our colleagues from the Center for Temporary Placement of Family Type (CTPFT) “Children’s house” to preserve the high quality of care, which guarantees the children’s development and the adequate meeting of their needs. The cause was among the 22 successful projects that supported the eighth edition of Raiffeisenbank’s charity initiative.   “Choose to help” campaign will last until December 20, as donations to “For Our Children” foundation’s campaign can be done in several ways: Customers of Raiffeisenbank Internet Banking can make donations via a link from the Raiffeisen Online website directly to the foundation’s account:   Recipient / Holder: FOR OUR CHILDREN foundation IBAN: BG32RZBB91551060533767 BIC: RZBBBGSF Bank: Raiffeisenbank Bulgaria Reason for payment: Choose to help Through the online payment platform pay.dir.bg Via SMS with text DMS DETSTVO at 17 777 for all mobile operators   The donation campaign started in 2009 and over this period of time has supported over 210 projects with over 2.4 million leva.   “For Our Children” foundation has been directing its efforts to provide support to the most vulnerable children in Bulgaria and the right to a family for every child for 25 years. Thanks to its long experience and continuous service development, the organization not only provides an alternative form of care for children abandoned by their parents, but also develops preventive services. Given the large number of children with disabilities and / or development difficulties in recent years, the foundation’s staff is working both to find foster families to take care of disabled children and to support families with children with disability and / or development…

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