Help more than 100 children with disabilities stay in the care of their own family, improve their psychological and emotional conditions, extend their social contacts and prevent the risk of being placed into residential care.
Finding themselves in a crisis situation parents often find it challenging to care for and raise children with disabilities by themselves. Single mothers who have more than one child are especially vulnerable and are in strong need of help. In St-Petersburg there are 13 600 children with disabilities and at least 2 000 are acutely in need of respite care. Our SHORT BREAKS (respite care) program is currently helping 103 children stay in their families and have proper care.
By helping families who have children with disabilities our specially trained and supported host families provide essential free time and psychological relief. Host families take care of children with special needs for short periods, undertake rehabilitation exercises with them, play with them and teach them new skills. This significantly decreases the risk of placing children with special needs in residential care and improves the quality of life of the child and the family as a whole.
Children with special needs will stay in their families and achieve maximum possible physical, intellectual and emotional development to successfully integrate in society. Parents will get essential psychological relief and resources to raise and develop their children. In the long term many fewer children with disabilities will end up in residential care.
When my twins were admitted to the hospital I didn't know what to do. The support of our host mother Marina at that time was a life saver for us. I am so grateful to Short Breaks for helping my family - Irina Antonova, mother of 4 children incl twins with disabilities
Total Funding Received to Date: $7,725
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $2,275
Total Funding Goal: $10,000