Lets find every child in Slovakia a family

 
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Aug 7, 2014

Thank you for helping abandoned children

Sandplay therapy
Sandplay therapy

Dear friends,

thank you very very much. Your gifts help abandoned children, who were born and their parents were unable or unwilling to take care of them. They were placed into institutional care. In addition, they are not ”desirable enough“ to be adopted or placed into foster care: they are an ethnic minority (Romani children), disabled, have a chronic disease, have multiple siblings, etc.

There is a danger that they will spend their entire childhood in an institution, without a family which could give them hope for brighter future.

 We create and update a database of disadvantaged abandoned children, who are not successfully being placed in families by the state. We actively seek families for these children, families who are able and willing to care for these children, in spite of their disadvantaged status. We increase the chances of a happy match for the child and the family by being aware of the history and medical needs of the child and by knowing the capacity and needs of the family.

In specific cases, we try to cooperate with the child’s birth family so that they can support the child to their full capacity – at least by providing regular and meaningful contact.

 In the previous quarter of the year 2014 (April-June) we used the money gained in the project to continue in the Filial therapy (therapy using the roleplay of the parent with a child) with new substitute families.

We trained:

  • a group of 5 substitute parents with their children (5 of them) in Bratislava
  • and a group of 5 substitute parents with the preschool aged children (6 of them) in Zilina.

In the next quarter (August-October 2014) we will train:

  • a group of Filial therapy for 3-4 parents with preschool aged children in foster care or adoption in Bratislava
  • 2 individual Filial trainings and a group training for 3 substitute parents with children in Zilina.

Experience: Parents who passed the training communicate enhancing of the relationship with the children, understanding the children and it’s needs and diminishing of the negative symptomatic behavior.

 We will continue in the training of Touch therapy with new substitute parents in all 4 centres of Navrat (Bratislava, Zilina, Banska Bystrica and Presov) according to the diagnosed needs of adopted or foster children in our care.

Kids belong to families
Kids belong to families
May 7, 2014

Childhood in institution

Navrat NGO is focused on abandoned children, who were born and their parents were unable or unwilling to take care of them. They were placed into institutional care. In addition, they are not ”desirable enough“ to be adopted or placed into foster care: they are an ethnic minority (Romani children), disabled, have a chronic disease, have multiple siblings, etc.

There is a danger that they will spend their entire childhood in an institution, without a family which could give them hope for brighter future.

 We create and update a database of disadvantaged abandoned children, who are not successfully being placed in families by the state. We actively seek families for these children, families who are able and willing to care for these children, in spite of their disadvantaged status. We increase the chances of a happy match for the child and the family by being aware of the history and medical needs of the child and by knowing the capacity and needs of the family.

In specific cases, we try to cooperate with the child’s birth family so that they can support the child to their full capacity – at least by providing regular and meaningful contact.

 The money gained in project we will use for the wages and fees fot our therapists.They enhance the attachment between child and parent, which is inevitable for developing relationship using Touch therapy – a special massage for children. It’s aim is to encourage eye contact between parent and child and make a relaxing time for child, so that it feels secure and insured by the parent. In some cases, when a child manifests symptomatic behavior (anxiety, fear, rage, anger, etc), the therapists offer Filial therapy – therapy using the roleplay of the parent with a child. The task of the parent is not to influence child’s play and behavior, he only controls abiding by basic rules. The child is in control of the situation and the parent can observe much about what the child feels like and what he needs. The negative behavior of child vanishes continuously during the weeks of therapy; and the parent learns how to understand his child and how to communicate positively and effectively.

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Sandra Stasselova

program coordinator for corporate volunteering and pro bono
Bratislava, Slovakia

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