About us

Mission

For Our Children Foundation provides professional social services to the most vulnerable children at early age by encouraging the constant, secure and developing family relations.

Vision

 “Development and happy childhood for the most vulnerable children in Bulgaria”

Our Causes

Early childhood intervention

For Our Children Foundation supports children between the ages of 0 and 3 years- born premature, with difficulties or at risk of developing difficulties, retardation or deflection in their development to grow up as productive and independent members of society.

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Prevention of abandonment of babies and small children

Abandonment prevention decreases public expenses spent to support children in social institutions and guarantee the child’s best interest- to grow up in its own family.

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Foster care for abandoned children and for children at risk of abondonment

For Our Children Foundation is the leading foster care organization in Bulgaria which set the beginning of the foster care system in 1997.

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Children’s House – temporary home for babies and small children

Children’s house is a resident type service which provides vital environment for the vital development and growing up of children deprived of parental care who were placed there as a last resort because they could not remain in their families or there was no foster family available for them at the moment.

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Our History

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 more than 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.

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Team

Ivanka Shalapatova

Chief executive officer

i.shalapatova@detebg.org

My professional experience has been related with For Our Children Foundation since 1997 when I began working for the 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. After its withdraw, I took the management of the independent Bulgarian non-government organization For Our Children Foundation, which inherited the resources of its British founders.

Together with my team we went through many significant changes in the organization, but we never lost the focus of our work – children`s rights.

 

Along with my main professional cause – the sustainable and responsible development of For Our Children Foundation, I developed my competences and experience in the work in networks abroad. I have participated in the management of three networks – in SEECRAN – South-East Europe, IFCO – specialized in foster care work and NGO Group for the CRC, which unites organizations from all over the world, working on the application of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In these networks I developed my apprehension of managing complicated processes for lobbying and advocacy of children rights in an international and intercultural context, as well as for the provision of publicity and qualified fiancial management and sustainability.

 

I am a straightforward and open-hearted person. I deeply believe in the beauty and good in life, I like the harmony and music. My optimism and self-will are the main reasons for the success in my life. I am a mother of two wonderful boys.

The strognest motive for my work are the sparkling with joy eyes of the children and their shining faces when they feel loved.

Management

Donika Rizova

Donika Rizova

Member of the Board

Georgi Kamov

Georgi Kamov

Board member

Silviya Tsanova

Silviya Tsanova

Board member

Kostadin Stoilov

Kostadin Stoilov

Board member

Corporate partners

Does the business play a role in solving social iniquities and problems, such as the separation of children and parents sue to poverty, disability or lack of support? Can it participate in the closure of children institutions, to be a motive power of the change that hundreds of children hope for? The answer is undoubtedly yes. The corporate sector has been thinking for a long time ago out of the bounds of its profit and invests back into the society – the same one that needs sustainability so that the business can work and develop successfully in it.

 

The socially responsible companies, which support causes related to the children well-being, realize that, by investing in a child, they invest in the human potential of our nation, in the education and after that in the working realization. There is the real opportunity for the business to be beneficial where the state cannot be or is not ready to be the main actor. Because the corporate social responsibility is a comprehension for shared responsibility.

 

For more than 20 years now, we at For Our Children Foundation see in the business a responsible and reliable partner. Introduce yourself with some of the campaigns, with which we fight for a better life for the children in Bulgaria.

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Institutional Partners

The Foundation develops partnerships with key institutions and objects of the healthcare, social and educational systems. It cooperates with them in order to meet the complex needs of the children at early age and their families and to guarantee the child’s best interest as well. It is of key importance that the systems work interactively  and synchronized for the achievement of common aims for the child well-being. The institutional partnerships are developing as a part of the social services of the foundation, as well as a part of the project activity and advocacy we realize.

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Donation Boxes

A box can gather so many things – old items, precious gift or memories, stamped on black and white photos. However, we collect in a box something special – hope, change, family. Thanks to our partners, who have arranged For Our Children Foundation`s donation boxes in their working places, we gather the sympathy of thousands of people who, with their at first sight small contribution, help us to pursue big goals. And we succeed because we are many. Thank you!

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