St.Petersburg-based non-governmental organization "Doctors to Children"

DTC's mission is to protect the rights of at-risk children and families, and provide them with access to quality social, psychological and medical services. DTC's goals include: (1) Forming policies and public opinion around the issues of at-risk children and families, (2) Decreasing the number of neglected and abandoned children and at-risk children and families through prevention and multidisciplinary interventions, and (3) Providing access to high-quality medical, social and psychological care to at-risk children and families. To achieve these goals, DTC employs the following strategies: (1) Advocating for the rights of at-risk children and families; (2) Providing direct comprehensive ass...

St.Petersburg-based non-governmental organization "Doctors to Children"
7 Lev Tolstoy St., Office #707
St. Petersburg, 197376
Russia
+7 (812) 380-3092
http://doctors2children.ru

Board of Directors

Olesya V Yegorova,Daria V Navolskaya,Lyubov V Smykalo,Svetlana V Suvorova,Denis B Kudriavtsev,Zinaida G Kuzmina,Olga V Sukovatova,Alla V Belyakova,Konstantin A Zakharov,Elena I Karasyova,Natalia E Kharitonova,Olga R Lotosh,Lyudmila I Morozova

Project Leaders

Elena Karaseva

Mission

DTC's mission is to protect the rights of at-risk children and families, and provide them with access to quality social, psychological and medical services. DTC's goals include: (1) Forming policies and public opinion around the issues of at-risk children and families, (2) Decreasing the number of neglected and abandoned children and at-risk children and families through prevention and multidisciplinary interventions, and (3) Providing access to high-quality medical, social and psychological care to at-risk children and families. To achieve these goals, DTC employs the following strategies: (1) Advocating for the rights of at-risk children and families; (2) Providing direct comprehensive assistance or access to care for street children, children in institutions, and at-risk families; (3) Preventing institutionalization and deinstitutionalizing children and adolescents through alternative forms of child placement, such as Russian foster families or transitional housing, and (4) Preventing child abandonment through comprehensive support to at-risk families.

Programs

DTC is currently implementing the following projects: 1) Drop-In Centers Project in the Nevsky (established in 2001) and Frunzensky Districts (established in 2005) of St. Petersburg for street and at-risk youth providing basic sanitary and first aid, psychosocial counseling, tutoring and leisure activities (in collaboration with the State Center for Social Assistance to Families and Children of Nevsky District and the State Social Rehabilitation Center for Minors of Frunzensky District). In 2010, 378 youth were provided with social, medical and psychological services at DICs 2) HIV Prevention and Assistance to HIV-Positive Street and At-Risk Youth Project (in collaboration with the St. Petersburg Center for Prevention and Control of AIDS and Infectious Diseases - St. Petersburg City AIDS Center). The project has been implementing by DTC in St. Petersburg since 2006. The project components include: mobile HIV-counseling and testing, behavior change communication intervention, individual and group counseling, peer education and support groups. The results of the project in 2010: 170 youth served on the street, 102 tested for HIV (11 tested positive), 196 participated in STEPS training. 3) Halfway Houses for At-Risk Youth Project in Kalininsky (established in 2007) and Frunzensky Districts (established in 2008) of St. Petersburg (in collaboration with the State Center for Social Assistance to Families and Children of Kalininsky District and the State Social Rehabilitation Center for Minors of Frunzensky District). The project is aimed at psychosocial rehabilitation, social adjustment and preparation to successful independent living of youth in difficult life situation. In 2010, 27 youth received services in the Halfway houses 4) Foster Family Project (in collaboration with the State Center for Social Assistance to families and Children of Nevsky District) has been running by DTC since 2001. The project is aimed at facilitation of placement of children without parental care into foster care and providing professional support to families for successful adaptation of children in family environment. In 2010: 77 parents received School for Foster Parents training, 29 children were placed into foster care, and 57 foster families received professional assistance 5) MAMA+ Assistance to HIV-Affected Families and Young Children Project (in collaboration with the State Center of Social Assistance to Families and Children of Kalininsky District, the State Center of Social Assistance to Families and Children of Nevsky District, and the State Social Rehabilitation Center for Minors of Frunzensky District). DTC has been running the MAMA+ project since 2004 with the goal of preventing child abandonment and retaining family support for HIV-affected families. The MAMA+ model includes: (a) Early identification, counseling, and referral for psychosocial support of at-risk women and families in maternity hospitals, prenatal clinics, and pediatric clinics; (b) Home-based care for the whole family to ensure its cohesion and the safety of the children; (c) Comprehensive family counseling and day-care center; and (d) Residential facility for women with young children in crisis and in need of intensive transitional support.This model has been adopted by the government of St. Petersburg, as documented in the Methodological Recommendations on Social Assistance to HIV-positive Women with Children by Government Social Service Institutions. These recommendations were based on the MAMA+ model and published by the St. Petersburg Committee on Social Policy in September 2009. The MAMA+ model has also been replicated in nine cities in Ukraine and in Hanoi, Vietnam. In 2010, the family support was retained for 273 children born to HIV-positive mothers, 198 HIV-positive mothers and 128 their family members benefited from psychosocial services in St. Petersburg. 6) Assistance to Victims of Child Abuse Project (in collaboration with the Frunzensky District Administration and City Children's Hospital #5). In 2010, 435 youth and 244 their family members were served by the project. 113 children were successfully referred to other institutions and agencies in St. Petersburg 7) Social Services Resource Center Project. The Center established in 2008 is aimed at dissemination and replication of the successful models of assistance to at-risk children and families in Russia and the neighboring countries. In 2010, a total of 770 service providers, including specialists from 23 regions of the Russian Federation and other countries, were trained on approaches and methodologies that embody international best practices in social service 8) Center of Volunteer Resources for St. Petersburg NGOs serving vulnerable children and families. In 2010, 69 volunteers participated in different projects run by DTC and it's partner NGOs, 142 of young people were trained on the basics of volunteerisms with NGOs and 28 pairs of Big brothers, Big sister volunteers and children in difficult life situation were matched 9) Social Re-integration of HIV-positive Women Released from Prison in St. Petersburg. Within the 2010, a total of 750 female prisoners increased their awareness on the assistance available to PLWHA in government institutions and NGOs in the community. A total of 180 HIV-positive women released from prison accessed psychosocial and medical services upon release. 10) Project on Psychosocial Rehabilitation of Juvenile Delinquents and Prevention of Delinquency (The project has been implemented since January 1, 2011). The project is designed to support the social re-integration of street and at-risk youth, including youth in conflict with the law, as a strategy of reducing the risk of their involvement in crime and preparing them for successful independent living. The key activities under the project include: developing the referral system between penal system, police and social service organizations; providing juvenile offenders with comprehensive psychosocial assistance; developing, publishing and disseminating among service providers the methodological recommendations on increasing social skills of youth in conflict with law and youth at-risk of delinquency. We expect that a total quantity of grant beneficiaries will be at least 500 clients from among street and at-youth, including at least 100 youth in conflict with law. 11) "Positive Childhood" Project is aimed at ensuring equal life chances for children affected by HIV/AIDS (The project has been implemented since October 1, 2010). The key objectives of this IBPP project funded by the European Commission are strengthening the consensus and links between NGOs and the government of different levels in Russia around the rights of HIV-affected children; sharing and promote the European best practices in organizational networking and platform building among Russian NGOs and the government; building organizational, programmatic and advocacy capacity of Russian NGOs in at least five regions of the Russian Federation around child rights and HIV; and replicating successful models to assist HIV-affected children and families in at least five regions of Russia. We expect that on results of the project at least 500 children born to HIV-positive women and their mothers, and at least 1,000 street children and youth will benefit from improved policies and services replicated in at least five target regions.

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