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...
Apr 5, 2013

Helpful experience for the MAMA+ clients

Artyom
Artyom

Recently, a new family has been taken on MAMA+ Project supervision.

Project staff members first met with Zhanna several months ago, when she was six months pregnant. She was brought to the MAMA+ Center by her friend, a MAMA+ client.

Zhanna was alone and needed help. She was worried about herself and the future of her child.

Though resembling many other stories of MAMA+ clients, Zhanna’s story is unique.Over several years, she was injecting drugs. She contracted HIV while a drug-user. She was keeping her diagnosis secret. Zhanna lives in a communal apartment together with her mother whom she is in conflict with.

By the moment of MAMA+ enrollment, she had spoiled relations with her child’s father. As she was pregnant, she often used to take sick leave, which finally created serious financial problems.

+ staff provided Zhanna with consultations and psychological support. They assisted her in taking a maternity leave. They helped her prepare for the childbirth, provided her with babies’ clothes, a crib and a carriage.

“I was struck by the news that I was pregnant. I had no idea what I could do and if I could raise my child on my own. I’m grateful to my friend for telling me about the MAMA+ project. This is the only place where I can speak about my illness freely and be sure that I will always get help”, says Zhanna.

Her son Artyom was born on January 12, 2013. As he was born premature and needed medical assistance and additional care, Artyom was transferred to a children’s hospital in Leningrad region. In the maternity hospital, Zhanna was tested positive for TB. She was prescribed a course of treatment. Her apartment was subject to sanitation.

Presently, Artyom is placed in a babies’ home, as Zhanna had to leave him for a while until she had her health problems resolved. Artyom is visited by the project staff: they bring him diapers, milk formula and clothes. A TB patient, Zhanna cannot visit her son. She is taking treatment and renovating her room, looking forward to Artyom’s return. She has already taken first steps to have him back home: she has obtained Artyom’s birth certificate and registered him at their room. MAMA+ staff will assist Zhanna in registering for children’s allowances after the boy’s return. Meanwhile, the woman continues to receive the project assistance and attend peer support group sessions and seminars for clients at the MAMA+ Center.

This small family is currently facing hard times: Zhanna and her little son are in need of your support!

Artyom
Artyom
Apr 3, 2013

Report on the Foster Family Project

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to share the latest Foster Family Project news with you.

In February, 11 parents (9 families) completed a regular School for Foster Parents training course. Four children from government institutions were placed in foster families trained by the project staff. Over the last 3 months, 28 families with 38 foster children benefited from the project support.

Additionally, two meetings of the Club for Foster Families took place in February-March 2013, as outlined below:

The meeting held on February 15 was devoted to the Fatherland Defender’s Day. The parents and their children were given an opportunity to demonstrate inventiveness, smartness and soldier skills. The boys showed their preparedness to defend and take care of others. At the end of the meeting, the participants were singing one of popular military songs. 

The meeting on March 15 was devoted to the International Women’s Day. The parents and their children were taking active part in joyful games and contests, inventing their own dress designs and showing them on a podium, making a greeting card, singing and dancing. The interactive part of the holiday was followed by a traditional tea-drinking party with delicious pies served. The meeting culminated in giving flowers to the girls and their mothers.

Doctors to Children looks forward to sharing more news from the Foster Family Project.

Best wishes,
Doctors to Children,
The Foster Family Project team

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Mar 19, 2013

Helpful experience for the MAMA+ clients

Lera
Lera

Valeria (27 years old, City of St. Petersburg)
 
Valeria (Lera) was screened by Lyudmila Morozova, MAMA+ social worker, at one of St. Petersburg maternity hospitals. The woman confided that she had been using drugs. Her daughter Rita was born prematurely and transferred to a city children’s hospital. While in maternity hospital, Lera decided to abdicate her child, facing financial instability and receiving no support from her family members.

That time, she was living with her partner Andrey (Rita’s father). He had no permanent employment and was using drugs from time to time. He did not want a child. Her sister stopped any contacts with her after learning that Lera had began to use drugs and had HIV. Lera’s mother is an alcoholic. Her father died when she was 10.

When first contacted by MAMA+, Lera was emotionally unstable. She told about her problems which made her decide to abandon her child. The woman was offered psychological support and motivated to attend a substance abuse specialist. The project psychologist and social worker helped Lera realize she was willing to take her daughter back. Together with the project staff, Lera was visiting Rita in the hospital, bringing milk formula, diapers, and other this for the girl, and meeting with medical staff.

Meanwhile, MAMA+ staff members were working with Lera to develop parental model, as well as with her relatives to motivate them to take Rita to the family.

Lera took her daughter from the hospital. MAMA+ social worker assisted her in registering the girl with the Pediatrics Department of the City AIDS Center and the district children’s outpatient clinic. Lera hopes that the girl will remain healthy, because she was receiving preventive therapy during her pregnancy and delivery.

Together with her child, Lera visits the MAMA+ Daycare Center for consultations, parenting skills training, and peer support. The project social worker assisted the woman in obtaining children’s allowances.

The project interventions enabled Lera to stabilize her motional status and raise her self-esteem. Also, the woman obtained basic parenting skills. Due to the project support, she was able to improve relationships with her mother and sister.

She takes care of her daughter and loves her much. She wonders how she could abandon her child. Rita is now four months old. She is gaining weight, with first upper teeth appearing. The girl is growing up and developing very fast. Lera wants to get education and find a job to provide her daughter with everything she needs.

We hope everything will be alright with this family. But now both Lera and her daughter are in need of professional assistance and your support. We would like to thank you again for this opportunity to help children!

Rita
Rita

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