We provide secure, close to the family environment care to the abandoned children (0-7 years), which stimulates their development until finding a durable solution for their future – return back home, accommodation with relatives, provision of foster family or adoption. The stay of the child in our Children`s House is short, and in the meantime, the social workers of the foundation, in a team with civil social workers and experts, help the biological family to find solutions to their problems and research the opportunity for the children to come back home. It is possible, the parents of the children at Children`s House to be directed to parental skills courses and to be accompanied throughout the process of coping with the challenges leading to the temporary separation with the children, in order to get them back home. We support future adoptive and foster parents of the children placed at Children`s…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Through its early intervention specialists, For Our Children Foundation offers support to parents, adoptive, foster parents, relatives, who take care of children with disabilities with established diagnosis or with diagnosis in a period of confirmation. Psychologists, pedagogues, family therapists examine the children in a safe environment, analyze the challenges in front of them and encourage external specialists and medics to look for solutions for the children. Through its program, For Our Children provides therapy, rehabilitation, and often finances various research on children when the parents cannot afford…
As specialists working for children`s best interest, we encourage the children to grow up in a family environment as the best for development is the family one. We know the difficulties parents who have decided to abandon their child, face. When the child goes back home, we help with support for school as well as pedagogical and psychological support. Our help is very important for the parents, who have done their best to take back their children, because, not only is it partly material, but is also intermediate – we mobilize all specialists around the child so that their adaptation in the family to be gradual and to be realized an adequate…
Our social workers, psychologists, family therapists, rehabilitation therapists and early childhood development specialists offer individual and group trainings for parents, who face difficulties in the care of their children or need more knowledge to be better at parenting. Doctors and midwives provide trainings for first cares for newborns and little children. These trainings are also suitable for young people who want to be parents as well as those who are going to have a baby. Adopters, and relatives who take care of children can also participate in the training programs for parenting skills. During the program are discussed the features of different ages, special features of the children, their emotional and social functioning, as well as various causes related to children…
The foster care is an alternative for the children and decreases the risk of spending part of their childhood in a social home. As a national policy, the foster care has the purpose to decrease drastically the number of abandoned children and gradually to support the closure of the homes for children. We provide information and consultations to everyone who wants to be a foster parent, we also evaluate future candidates for foster parents. Our task is to conduct training and to present a report before the Commission for the child on the readiness of the family to welcome an unknown child in their home. After a child`s accommodation in a foster family, we provide supporting trainings, different events for children and foster parents, as well as psychological and emotional support during the children`s stay at the family. We organize groups for mutual aid on which the foster parents share their experience and knowledge and receive support from other foster…
Sometimes, for various reasons, children have a difficult behavior, which is a challenge for the adults and the parents. With our specialists, we provide psychological support to the children and families, as we strive to find together the reasons for the problematic situation and to search for the possible solutions. We provide pedagogical support and advocacy for the children before the different services and we direct to organizations and institutions, specialized in work with children with difficult behavior or in conflict with the law. Our main task is to research the behavior in the family and to support the adults in coping with the unwanted behavior as we provide trainings and family consultations with different specialists, including family therapists. We also provide care for children who are at risk of dropping out of…
The social work and cases management specialists, and the childhood development experts of the organization provide different trainings and supervision of the employees in the community support centers, complexes for social services for children and families, the family-type placement centers, children`s homes, child protection department, foster care teams, etc. The trainings and supervisions are related to the social work on cases, the case management, as well as specialized skills for work with children and families. The content and format of the supervising sessions and trainings are negotiated after the evaluation of the needs of the…
The adopters and relatives are very important for the abandoned children because they replace the care in a social institution, which is usually the only alternative in case of abandonment. We help the families of the relatives who welcome children with psychological support, social information and consulting, as well as with mediation before institutions. For the adopters, we provide training as part of program, which introduces them with the special features of the children from the social institutions, as well as with certain parental skills. We also provide psychological support, social information and mediation to the adopters after the accommodation of the child in the family. We help relatives and adopters during the adjustment of the child with the family and the adaptation in its new home. All our lawyers and family therapists are at the call of everyone. We organize groups for mutual aid in which are discussed the difficulties and the challenges before the adopters and relatives who take care of children….
The social workers, family therapists and psychologists conduct a research of each parent`s motivation, who wants to separate from their child, the reasons for that, as well as the opportunities for prevention of abandonment. Thus, after a careful valuation of the situation at the maternity ward, or when they contact us, we help their biological families with psychological, emotional support, accompaniment at the social services, in order to stop the process of abandonment. We assist for finding work, solving the housing problem, we also examine and inform about the risks of temporary separation between children and…
For Our Children Foundation has a considerable experience in implementing projects of different types and in partnership with various funding organizations. The purpose of the Foundation’s projects is to carry out activities related to the implementation of the organization’s mission and its strategic plan. Over the years, through project activities, we have:
- piloted innovative practices and work methods for the country, which have subsequently transformed into national priorities;
- built social services and service centers, some of which are still operational;
- conducted and published various research and methodological papers in the field of child welfare;
- developed the capacity of systems related to the child rights in order to be properly respected;
- promoted and created platforms for dialogue and cooperation between citizens, NGOs, businesses, media, local and national authorities, children and young people;
- supported activities related to the Foundation’s main causes: early childhood development, deinstitutionalization, prevention of child abandonment and separation, foster care, and the rights of children from vulnerable groups.