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64 newborns in Plovdiv received their first presents for the International Children’s Day

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64 babies from three maternity wards in the city of Plovdiv received their first presents from the team of “For Our Children” foundation. The occasion is the International Children’s Day, and the babies already have brand new– newborn care packages.   “There’s no way I can describe the emotion and happiness from the feeling of giving the first present to a such a small human being”, comments with joy Fiona Zaikova, a leader of “Social Work” department at CSC “St. Sofia” of “For Our Children” foundation.   And the youngest, apart from presents, need love and good care. Around this decision united the team of “For Our Children” foundation and the specialists from the three maternity wards. Leading place in children’s development has a good environment. Dr. Diana Argirova who leads the Neonatal department at MBAL Plovdiv explained that one of the key factors for good development is avoiding any stress.   “The child should be raised with love in a caring environment,” explained Dr. Argirova.   “The most important thing for a child, since early, age is both parents to be good – not to be ignorant, but at the same time to avoid being perfectionists. In order the childhood to be happy, mother and father should treat their children well and not burden them with their own ambitions for developing since baby’s first breath.”, said the psychologist Maria Vladimirova from Hospital for Ob-Gyn “Selena”.   According to Dr. Slaveya Nedelcheva who leads the Neonatal department at MBAL “St. Mina”, it is extremely important to be born healthy.   “Peaceful and bright days and nothing to overshadow children’s souls,” wished Dr. Nedelcheva.   Our team also wishes children a happy childhood and many more…

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The children supported by For Our Children Foundation celebrated 1st of June

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“For Our Children” foundation organized a grand event, celebrating the International children’s day – June 1st. All children from the Home for socio-medical care for children “St. Sofia” and the centers of the foundation took part in it. The celebration was held at our Community Support Center “St. Sofia” where we organized different kinds of entertainment – children’s disco, drawing, and sports games. The animators from Play Park brought the good mood to our guests for free.   “It is nice that “For Our Children” foundation exists. It helps foster parents in hard times and there should be more foundations like this one”, shared Maria – a voluntary foster mother.   Experts from the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy and Sofia Municipality came to the event. Svetla Ivanova – chief expert at the Directory “European funds and international program projects” of MLSP, shared: “I think that the care which “For Our Children” foundation gives to the children is very important and I hope that they will continue to do so in the future. Today, we had the opportunity to take a look at the new-built Children’s House. I see that children live in good conditions. All of them look healthy, smiling, and happy on this day and I suppose that it is the same every day.”   Guests of the celebration also were the donators of “For Our Children” foundation together with their children who also saw Children’s House situated in the yard of the CSC “St. Sofi”.   The executive director of “For Our Children” foundation Ivanka Shalapatova congratulated all children for their holiday and reminded adults that every child has the right to a happy childhood in a family environment and that it is their task to respect this…

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Two Christmas magic

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Two children deprived of parental care, to whom they gave their love and attention, supported by our foster families, received the biggest gift for the past Christmas. Maria and Dinko welcomed the new year 2021 in the arms of their adoptive parents and will now grow with the love and care of mom and dad.   Seven-year-old Maria is one of the children rejected by her parents. He spent his early childhood in an institution, and for a little over a year he has been in the cozy home of the foster family Mina and Ivan Derelievi.  And although she is surrounded by their care and love, she does not stop dreaming about her real “mom” and “dad”.   A few months ago, a ray of light illuminated Maria’s fate when a wonderful family wanted to adopt her. They liked each other from the first meetings when they got to know each other and played together. With each passing day, Maria waited more and more impatiently for the “smiling woman” to come and hug her. One day this woman asked her if she wanted to take her to her home, where her father and older sisters were waiting for her. That day, Maria shone with happiness, said “mom” again, and boldly took her mother’s hand to begin her new happy life in a real family.   The second Christmas miracle happened to Dinko. For more than a year, Yuliana Uzunova’s foster family has been struggling to bridge the gap. They took Dinko in their arms straight from the hospital, gave him all their care, love and warmth, and did everything possible, as Juliana says, “his future moms and dads should enjoy a healthy and happy child.”   And they succeeded – Dinko became physically stronger, got closer to the development of his peers, became independent and confident in everything he does. With the support, energy, professionalism and big heart of the foster mother Yuliana Uzunova, Dinko’s adoptive parents successfully and effectively contacted the child via Viber in the extremely risky and serious moment of a pandemic situation in the country. They talked and had fun together, liked each other and believed that they would be happy together. Dinko welcomed 2021 in his new real family, surrounded by the love and warmth of his mom and dad.   Miracles happen at Christmas!   Last year, 7 of the children cared for by the foundation’s 23 foster families found their new real family and are now growing up surrounded by the love and warmth of mom and dad.   Our team wishes them a carefree, healthy, and happy childhood, full of care, warmth and…

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Father’s Day

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“No need in childhood is as strong as the need for paternal protection.” Sigmund Freud.   On the second day of Christmas, December 26, Bulgaria celebrates Father’s Day. The Orthodox Church celebrates it on December 26. In most countries, Father’s Day is a secular holiday. It exists all over the world but is celebrated on different dates and in different ways.   This is a day dedicated to the fatherhood and parental care of men. The father is as important to the child and his development as the mother. He is a role model. It teaches the child self-confidence, courage, and self-belief. The father is a hero in the eyes of his child!   Today we will introduce you to a father – a hero. His name is Peter Petrov. He raises his 6-year-old daughter Antonia, who has special needs. The family uses Early Childhood Intervention Services at the Hagia Sophia Center.     “I am very happy since Antonia was born. To me, she is the dream child. I have always enjoyed my child, regardless of his disabilities. Tony is like all other children – sometimes he is cunning, he does mischief, he laughs… She is in my heart. I love her as she is. She is cared for with a lot of love and warmth. I want her to be cheerful and happy and to develop according to her abilities. The child taught me patience, responsibility, coping with various difficulties, and believing in the future….

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Here Adi found home and love

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A warm embrace, family coziness, and sincere love welcomed almost a month ago a little girl deprived of the warmth of her native family. They were given to her by the foundation’s supported mother, Vera Krumova, just a few months after she sent another little girl, Katerina, whom she lovingly cares for, to his new permanent family. Having survived the separation and taken in her arms another child in need of her care and love, today Vera is happy and full of new emotions that little Adi gives her.   Adi is only one year and nine months old, but she has already felt lonely after being abandoned by her mother. Happy story from the first moment, crossing the threshold of her new home, the little charmer was greeted with attention and tenderness by the biological son and mother of Vera.   She quickly began to get used to her new environment, now relaxes and communicates with everyone in the family calmly, and of course as every child shows ownership of all toys. And Vera Krumova once again opened her big heart and kind soul, with which she returned Adi’s charming smile.     Of course, the foster mother and her family face many challenges, but with patience, the right approach, and most of all, a lot of love, Adi will experience a truly happy, sunny, and carefree…

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Another child from Galya and Alexey’s foster family hugged their mom and dad

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Another child with a difficult destiny, to whom the foster family Galya and Alexey Angelovi, supported by us, gave their care and love, today embraced their mother and father!   At the beginning of October, two new faces appeared in the life of little Chrissy, a candidate – the adoptive parents. After some thought, the family gave their positive answer and thus started the adoption procedure. The adjustment between them happened quickly and successfully thanks to the foster family Galina and Alexey Angelovi, who passed on their positivism and continuity to the prospective adoptive parents in their communication with the child. With each passing meeting and at the mention of the words “mom and dad” by the foster parents, Chrissy felt great excitement, joy, her face glowed with a wide smile, visibly recognized the candidate – the adoptive parents as his future family.   Each of Chrissy’s future parents also recognized their own character traits, as well as external ones, preferences for certain things, and behaviors such as those of the child. And a month after the first meeting between little Chrissy and the prospective adoptive parents, the happiest moment in a child’s life came – to be in the arms of people whose family will become the main element of joy, care, tenderness, and a lot of love.   Chrissy walked calmly and happily to her new home, where a new page in the tale of her life would begin….

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Bogdan – an unexpected gift and true happiness

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Today we will tell you the story of Denny and Daniel. The couple had three children – Tanya, Karina, and Simeon, and was preparing for the upcoming start of the first grade of the eldest – Tanya. The family’s financial situation was difficult and they decided not to pay for Denny’s health insurance for a while so that they could get everything they needed for their children. Everything went according to plan, until one day the mother suspected that she might be pregnant.   Despite the lack of insurance, she decided to visit a gynecologist, and during the examination, she learned that she was really expecting a child – she was in the fifth month, and together with Daniel they had only four months to prepare themselves and their older children to meet. the baby. The shock was great, but everyone was looking forward to the arrival of the newest member of the family. To improve their financial situation, the father decided to take the opportunity to go on a business trip to Pleven.   The mother often began to experience insomnia, which worried her, but because of the epidemiological situation in the country, the gynecologist advised her not to take any risks and to do only one more examination in the seventh month. Everything looked good on him. Only a few days later, at the beginning of the eighth month, Denny gave birth to a little boy in an emergency, who was immediately taken to the neonatology and placed in an incubator. Due to the unexpected situation, the father was still on a business trip and the children’s grandmother went to their home to take care of the little ones. So the mother was left alone in the ward. It’s only been two and a half months since the couple learned of the pregnancy. Loneliness and worries about the baby affected the emotions and greatly worried the mother. The stressful situation led to a quarrel between her and one of the nurses. Did Denny know that the newborn? son has to stay in neonatology for a long time, so she decided to go home to her other children, leaving her partner’s phone number to contact her.   A few days later, doctors were unable to contact the family. We at the For Our Children Foundation are working with the hospital to prevent child abandonment, so we were asked to find the mother and find out what was going on. The situation was urgent because the child’s birth certificate had to be issued the same day, and the parents had not yet baptized him.   The case was taken over by our specialist Vyara Panayotova. She visited the family’s address and met the grandmother who cared for the older children. From their meeting, it became clear that Denny was not feeling well and went for an examination at a nearby clinic. After Vyara explained to them why it was important to go to the maternity ward and give the baby a name as soon as possible, it turned out that the family members were waiting for Daniel to return from his business trip and baptize the baby together. Neither the mother nor the mother had realized that there was a short deadline for this, and it expired the same day. Immediately after Denny’s examination, the foundation’s expert accompanied her to the maternity ward with her mother and children. On the way there, the couple talked on the phone and together decided to name the new member of their family Bogdan – as a symbol that he was given to them and that they could soon take him home.   The maternity ward team was extremely happy to have a relationship with the parents. However, due to the epidemiological situation, outsiders were denied access to neonatology and the hospital promised to provide information to the couple by phone.   Thus, the foundation managed to connect the mother with the doctor, who informed her about the child’s condition, and two weeks later, when Bogdan no longer needed to be in an incubator, the parents were allowed to see him and hug him for the first time.   Soon after, the boy was old enough to go home to his older siblings. We from “For our children” provided the family and materially with the most necessary things for the newborn – bath, baby cosmetics, formula and disposable diapers. Our experts continued their contact with Deni after Bogdan’s discharge to make sure that despite their initial separation, everything is fine and they are…

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Lychevi family – a chance for a new life

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Today we will tell you the story of the Lichevi family. They are 50-year-old orphaned parents who find it difficult to accept the loss of their son. Time passes for them, but it is measured not by days, but by memories, photos and messages. Only 2 years ago, the couple lived in the hope of enjoying their child’s family and dreamed of a grandchild. For a long time after the ridiculous death, their only consolation was their son’s fianc?e.   The last wish of their child left a lasting imprint on them – “You are wonderful parents, do not be left without a child if something happens to me…, the adoptees…”. So the family embarked on the path of their dream of adoption. However, it was far from easy. Lychee had to face human bewilderment, negativism, inappropriate questions, mistrust, formal attitude, skepticism on a daily basis…   Here comes the place of the team of our Center for Public Support “St. Sophia”. We helped the family feel understood, we felt and respected their pain, we heard in the right way their desire to continue their lives, helping a child left without parents. With great care, without hurting them, our family consultant Petya Yanachkova explained to the Lichevi family that mourning can lead to failure in adoption, despite their strong desire. Convince them that in addition to serious preparation for prospective adopters, they need some time to work on themselves and the loss.     Their permission to become adoptive parents was late, but the trusting relationship with Petya Yanachkova and her support gave hope and courage to the parents. They talked often and as much as necessary. So while they waited, the parents reconsidered their desire for the child’s age, visited a number of administrative instances and, in addition to skepticism, began to find goodwill and faith in their urge to adopt. The Lichevs were waiting for exactly “one pregnancy time”.     When they first saw the 8-year-old, it was a shrunken and frightened invisible child with a difficult history. They found their child in the boy and saw themselves as his parents. Each subsequent meeting transformed them. The trust between them grew and the warmth in their souls returned meekly. Today they are together – the parents have discovered a new meaning in their lives, and the child has found the warmth and love of a real family.     Since the beginning of the year, we have trained and supported 64 adoptive families. Our support for families eager to give love is possible thanks to our partnership with The Human Safety Net – Generali’s global initiative aimed at unlocking the potential of people and helping vulnerable…

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