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 family.