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 30, 2013

Foster Family project report

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to update you on the latest news of the Foster Family Project.

In August, we conducted our regular School for Foster Parents training cycle. A total of 9 people completed the training and get ready to become foster parents. During this quarter, a total of 26 potential foster parents were provided with consultations by the project staff on family placement of children. Over the last 3 month, 5 children from government institutions were placed in foster families. Also, 23 families with 28 foster children have been provided with project support. The most common challenges faced by foster parents were child development and upbringing issues: What should foster parent do if a child refuses to eat? How to support a child if he/she has an emotional crisis or re-enacts past traumatic event? Should foster parent use punishments to stop bad behavior? These and many other issues were addressed by the Project staff.

Sep 12, 2013

Latest news about MAMA+ clients

Lyuda
Lyuda

Maksim (1 year old)

Maksim’s mother used drugs for a long time. The baby was born prematurely with severe nervous system impairment. Right after his birth, Maksim underwent brain surgery. He is very friendly and joyful. However he has serious developmental delays.

His current development level corresponds to the age of six months. Maksim is loved by his mother who tries to do all she can to ensure his recovery.

Doctors say that if the boy is given proper treatment and care, by the age of 5 years old his health status will conform to age norms. Maksim is facing one more operation.

Maksim is the third child in the family. His mother is alone to take care of her children, while his father is in prison.

Maksim needs your support. He needs baby formula, a course of massage, medicaments and medical examinations.

Lyuda (3 months old)

Lyuda is the first child in the family. Her mother used drugs for three years and contracted HIV and hepatitis .

It was a complicated delivery. The girl was born with a pulmonary disease and nervous system disorder. Lyuda was hospitalized for a long time for a course of treatment, with two weeks of artificial lung ventilation.

Upon her discharge from the hospital, the girl was prescribed a long-term and expensive treatment which the family cannot afford.

Lyuda’s health status is getting worse.

The family is in a difficult life situation.

Lyuda’s father is in prison. Her grandmother is suffering from a lung cancer.

To recover the girl needs special milk formula and material support to get medication.

Denis (6 months old)

Ekaterina, Denis’s mother, was abandoned by her parents when she was nine. At 21 she gave birth to Denis. She loves him much and provides him with proper care. Denis is growing up a resilient and joyful boy. His mother is alone to raise him.

The boy is on formula feeding, which caused allergy and disbacteriosis. To prevent these, his mother has to buy special formulas which are expensive. Ekaterina had problems with documents. That is why she has not received allowances yet.

Money she has is not enough to provide the boy with things he needs.

Presently Denis needs a crib. The boy still sleeps in a portable bassinet. Also he needs special baby formula (breast milk substitutes).

We hope for your participation and support. Together we will ensure a healthy future for children!

Denis
Denis
Maksim
Maksim
Jul 8, 2013

Report on the Foster Family Project activities

Dear Friends!

We are pleased to update you on the latest news of the Foster Family Project.

In April, a new School for Foster Parents training cycle was initiated.
In May, a total of 13 people (9 families) completed the training and were awarded certificates.
During the reporting period, a total of 56 potential foster parents were provided with consultations by the project staff on family placement of children.
Due to your support, 5 children from government institutions were placed in foster families. Children placed in families represent different age groups: the youngest child is a 4-month-old boy, and the youngest one is a 7-year-old girl.
Over the last 3 month, 28 families with 40 foster children have been provided with project support.

Peace Boat Team Visits the Club for Foster Families
On May 18, the Club for Foster Families received an unusual delegation: DTC was visited by the Peace Boat team. The ship of the Peace Boat Organization brought over 800 passengers from Japan to St. Petersburg. The purpose of their voyage is to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. The Peace Boat embarks on a voyage every year, visiting tens of countries every time. This is the third Peace Boat visit to DTC.
The event started with the presentation of DTC projects for the guests. The delegation members in their turn told about Japanese culture and answered the children’s questions. The event program also included a series of workshops. Peace Boat passengers held an origami session for children and demonstrated the art of calligraphy. The clients were also well prepared for this meeting. Assisted by their parents and volunteers, they conducted workshops on making rag dolls, decorating Russian nesting dolls, and showed decoupage techniques. As the guests say they were very impressed by the Russian Salad class.
The meeting culminated in tea drinking with Russian pancakes and Japanese sweets, and a photo session.

Presently, the majority of our clients are spending their summer holidays in children’s recreational camps, sanatoriums, or in the country together with their parents. The project staff members continue their work interviewing potential foster parents, visiting families under the project supervision, and providing consultations to candidate foster parents by phone or at personal meetings.

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