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
There is no bigger happiness than nestling in the arms of Mom and Dad and the three of you together to return home … as a family. This dream finally came true for little Moni – the beautiful, sunny, blond-haired boy, to whom we said farewell today as we lead him out of the Children’s House to his biological Mom and Dad. Vassilena and Kiril have been working for a long time to take their child back home, where the three of them together will be a real family. And today this finally happened. Moni was accommodated with us at the end of last year when he was 1 year old. For his fragile age, the little one had already gone through many trials – separated from his biological mom and dad at the age of only 4 months, Moni was placed in a Home for Medical and Social Care, where he spent quite a few months alone. From there, the Child Protection Department moved him to our “Children’s House”, where he would be cared for by loving babysitters – so Moni would not forget what it’s like to have a real family love you. So, for a few months, we turned the sad, weak, sick boy, who rarely smiled, into a sunny kid with blush cheeks, curious eyes and a lovely smile. Just recently he learned to walk, and we organized for him and a first steps ritual. During this time, Moni’s mom and dad dreamed of the day they could bring their child back home. They started working with the Community Support Center in their hometown, where specialists supported and advised on how to best look after Moni. When the blonde came to us, they began to visit him every week, play with him, even turn to our Community Support Center “St. Sofia” for assistance – they wanted to know more about caring for their most precious. And before we would notice, came the day when the three of them left the Children’s House together, as a happy, cohesive family. Since the establishment of the Family-type Accommodation Center “Children’s House” five years ago, it has been a temporary home to 40 children, 36 of whom already have their own family. Thanks to the range of complementary, quality social services for children and families offered by the “For Our Children” Foundation, the average stay of children in the Children’s House is between 4 and 6 months, and then they either return to their biological family, or are adopted or accommodated in a foster…
Today we said goodbye to our sweetheart – Ivan, who we sent off in the arms of his new mommy and daddy. The first time we laid eyes on Vanko was 6 months ago, when we has only 2 weeks old – a very tiny baby, with curly black hair and beautiful brown eyes. Even then Vanko was the loudest baby at out Children’s House and even though we rarely heard his voice, he was truly scary whenever he got mad and started to cry. A child with an established character, the baby-sitters commented amongst themselves. Besides being loud, the baby had an unique charm and was a true fury – he always liked to be the center of attention, never stopped crawling and messing with all the other babies. For his new mommy and daddy, Vanko has prepared a wide repertoire of all sorts of baby performances, which we believe will bring a lot of laughter and jolly moments to the new family. Vanko is one of the 7 children who spent the first months of their lives in the cozy environment of our Children’s House, and for whom we managed to find a loving family in 2017. Five of them were adopted, 1 we returned to its biological family, and 1 we entrusted to one of our loving foster families and is now waiting to be adopted. Our Family type placement center “Children’s House” is a place for little children (up to 6 children, age 0 to 7), abandoned by their parents, oftentimes right after birth. At our Children’s House the babies receive full-time care, attention and lots of love, while our experts seek a more permanent solution for each and every one of them – return it to its biological family, adoption, or accommodating it in a foster family. In the last 5 years since its foundation, our Children’s House has been a temporary home for 38 children, 34 of which are already adopted. Thanks to the professionalism of our team and our positive cooperation with the Departments of Child Protection, each of the children only stays at the House between 4 and 6 months, after which it is either reintegrated, adopted, or entrusted to a loving foster family. …
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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