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...
Sep 29, 2014

Foster Family project activities

Dear Friends,

We are happy to update you on the Foster Family project activities!

A regular meeting of the Club for Foster Families took place on August 26, 2014. It was devoted to the beginning of the school year. The meeting was organized at its usual venue – one of the timeclubs in the very center of St. Petersburg.

The participants were glad to see each other after the summer holidays: the children and their parents were pleased to share new impressions and experience they gained over the summer months; the adults told about developmental improvements demonstrated by their children.

This time new participants joined the Club. We would like to say a couple of words about them.

 Denis is 11. He came to the meeting together with his foster mother and his 16-year-old foster sister Elena. Denis has been recently placed in this family from a regional orphanage, though they seem to have always been together. Relationships between Denis and his new sister are in no way different from those between other siblings of their age. Being an older child in the family, Elena participates in upbringing the boy. Shealsohas experience of living in anorphanage. Therefore she assists Denis in adapting to new conditions, as four years ago she also went to a new school and found new friends. The children’s foster mother completed a DTC’s School for Foster Parents training cycle five years ago, and now continues to receive support of the Foster Family project staff.

Denis
Denis
Sep 24, 2014

Maria's story

Katya and Ira
Katya and Ira

Maria, 40, has found herself in a difficult life situation.

At early stages of pregnancy, the woman contacted MAMA+ staff for support. She learned about the project at the City AIDS Center. She told to MAMA+ staff that she had had an HIV-positive status confirmed since 2003 and was on ARV therapy. In the past, she had experience of using drugs. Besides, she had a previous conviction. The woman was willing to give birth to children, but was in need of psychological and social support.

Having learned about Maria’s pregnancy, her partner left her, and her retired parents became her main and only income. While pregnant, the woman actively participated in training events on parenting and child development issues, received individual consultations on resolving psychological, social and legal concerns, complied with recommendations of the MAMA+ staff members, and took the therapy regularly. By the delivery, she had everything prepared for her children, including a crib and babies’ clothes.

In June, Maria gave birth to two wonderful daughters Katya and Ira. The girls were born prematurely, weighing 1,600 and 1,880 grams respectively, and were placed in a children’s hospital. Meanwhile, Maria was expecting an examination and a surgical operation on a uterine neck. At the examination, the doctors revealed focal points of TB infection, and the woman was hospitalized in the TB clinic.

Presently, Maria is taking a long-term course of treatment. Katya and Ira after gaining weight (2,300 and 2,600 grams respectively), were discharged from the children’s hospital and are now in care of their grandmother – Maria’s mother. She finds it hard nursing two children: they need special care, regular visits to medical specialists, physical therapy and special nutrition.

MAMA+ staff provide Maia’s mother with assistance nursing the girls, as well as support Maria. Katya and Ira are in acute need of special baby formula. As the girls were born prematurely, they are facing serious health problems.

Maria is looking forward to doctors’ permission to return home and stay with her children. The woman believes that she will get better, find employment, and all problems will be resolved. Meanwhile, MAMA+ staff members continue to provide the family with assistance.

Jun 23, 2014

Project's News

Club of Foster Families
Club of Foster Families

In early November 2013, the project staff were contacted by a foster mother (Irina, 36) requesting to enroll her in the School for Foster Parents for a repeated course of training. Despite the fact that she had completed the School four years before and adopted a one-year-old boy, she decided to refresh her knowledge to take one more child to her family. Irina attended all sessions, showed active participation in the group and shared her fostering experience eagerly with other participants. In the beginning of April 2014, by a court decision Irina adopted a six-month-old girl (Mila). The foster family was joined by a new member: a daughter for the happy parents, and a sister for their four-year-old son Volodya.

 Key achievements of the Foster Family Project
• Conducted two School for Foster Parents training cycles, each consisting of 12 training sessions;
• 16 people (13 families) trained through the School for Foster Parents;
• 15 prospective foster parents (12 families) received certificates of completing the School for Foster Parents;  
• Conducted one meeting of the Club of Foster Families;
• 20 families raising 32 foster children provided with the project support.

Club of Foster  Families
Club of Foster Families

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