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...
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.

Jun 14, 2013

Latest news about Rita and Valeria

Rita
Rita

Rita is growing up. The 7-month-old girl is now 67 centimeters tall and weighs 6.5 kilograms.  She has already learnt a lot: she can roll over and tries to sit down, still facing developmental delays. Her favorite activity is taking an evening bath. She looks like a very joyful girl. MAMA+ Project staff members continue to provide this family with assistance. The main focus of their work is psychological support for the mother and care for her daughter’s health.

Lera is learning to be a mother. Now she knows what it is like to have sleepless nights when the baby is crying sick or teething, and how pleasant it is to see a smile on her daughter’s face. MAMA+ staff members assist Lera and Rita to understand each other. Lera attends specialized training sessions for mothers, facilitated by the project psychologist. She also visits medical specialists at the AIDS Center.

With Rita’s birth, Lera sees no way back to her past. She is currently making every effort to protect her daughter from her negative experience.

Unfortunately, born prematurely, Rita is facing a lot of health problems. Due to her weakened immune system, the girl is often sick. Her mother’s infectious diseases and complicated delivery resulted in Rita’s delays in psychophysiological development. It has taken a lot of efforts from Lera and the project staff to maintain the girl’s health status: Rita is constantly in need of medical consultations, examinations, tests, and medicaments. A course of physical therapy would also be very helpful to her. 

We want to support this family and will appreciate your participation!

Lera and Rita
Lera and Rita
Rita
Rita
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

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