NOVA (New horizons to live adoption) MISSION & OBJECTIVES Born in Torino in 1984 at the hands of a group of adoptive parents that set out to help the meeting between the abandoned foreign children with the adoptive family. From then it has constantly grown in numbers of volunteers and size and scale of its activities until, with the legislation 476 of 31.12.1984 which imposed all aspiring adoptive parents to conclude the adoption only with the intervention of an authorized body. Its growth become necessary due to the number of new and demanding tasks that were assigned. The primary objective of the association is that to contribute in giving every abandoned child a sense of place, reco... read more NOVA (New horizons to live adoption) MISSION & OBJECTIVES Born in Torino in 1984 at the hands of a group of adoptive parents that set out to help the meeting between the abandoned foreign children with the adoptive family. From then it has constantly grown in numbers of volunteers and size and scale of its activities until, with the legislation 476 of 31.12.1984 which imposed all aspiring adoptive parents to conclude the adoption only with the intervention of an authorized body. Its growth become necessary due to the number of new and demanding tasks that were assigned. The primary objective of the association is that to contribute in giving every abandoned child a sense of place, recognizing that the family is the fundamental element for the growth of each individual. NOVA`s aim is to promote an inter-racial culture, of welcoming and solidarity. The ideal reference foe each of its activities is formed by the elaborate principals of the Aja Convention, in the matter of recognizing the rights of the child in remaining in the environment of its biological family and its place of birth and only in the final analysis to find a place within a foreign family. The association operates therefore firstly in the prevention of the abandonment of minors by maintaining active projects of solidarity and by foreign cooperation. Moreover it follows an elevated number of distant adoptions in favour of families in difficulty with the expressive aim of schola rising children. In regards to the specific activity related to international adoption, its task is to accompany families through the entire adoption journey in Italy and abroad, countries in which Nova is accredited and operative. The final number of official adoptions each year are about fifty/seventy. The will of the association is that to maintain active the existing channels and in the future to open other channels in countries where the phenomena of abandoned children requires an urgent and strong response, countries where other associations do not operate and national and international adoption is unfamiliar. In this sense , for some years, its particular attention has been directed towards some African countries geographical within the Sub-Saharan regions. METHOD OF ACTION AND MAIN PROJECTS Nova assigns a significant part of its human and material resources towards managing the support of the final and conditional aim of the education of children, as well as the plan and realization of projects of solidarity destined to prevent the phenomena of childhood abandonment. Some of these projects are presented in a summary in attachment A. Nova`s specific task is to intervene in the process of international adoption according to the methods described in the following attachments. In each of its activities including the management of funds, is subject to the control of the international adoption comity, a public body constituted by the head of state. (www.associazionenova.org) ADOPTION SERVICES -Nova provides the first stage of information to couples that embark on international adoption, in close collaboration with the social services of the territory. It is committed to defusing, through debates, initiatives and publications, the culture of acceptance. -Offers all couples already believed to be ideal for adoption by the competent tribunal, a service of information, more specific aimed not only at understanding the principal but also understanding the solid formality for the adoption procedure. - Develops intensive courses for couples that commission the association in order to carry out the adoption. Objectives of the courses are the social economical and political realities of the foreign country where the couple will adopt, the legal aspects of the adoption, the psychological aspects relative to the waiting phase and the meeting of the child. -It looks after the translation and moreover the foreign authority of all documents necessary and if requested by the foreign authorities, proceeds in the report of the social integration and the update of the information already given by the social services. - Follows the couple during the long waiting period until the final match with a child is made by the foreign authorities, offering psychological support, information and legal advise. - Offers specific courses for couples of older children. - It takes care of all the logistics of the couple in the foreign county and offers legal services where necessary within the process until the final adoption. - Takes care of all final documentation for the Italian authorities to allow the entry of the child from a foreign county. - Takes care of the process and passing on to the foreign authorities the post adoptive reports regarding the child within the family unit. NOVA IN ITALY At the moment Nova's national head office is in Grugliasco (Torino) and it has important offices in Bologna, Milano, Pistoia, Rome, Salerno and Venice. Nova is characterized by the fact that the major part of its activities are carried out by volunteers. All components of direction and the president itself do not receive any form of payment, Does not benefit from any public financing and it is sustained by the support of its members and private funding. To guarantee continuity of its activities it operates via the offices of Grugliasco, Milano and Bologna, three paid collaborates and three employees. All offices provide services within the professional fields of medicine psychology and legal. Abroad it has representatives normally within the professional legal field in each country where it is accredited to carry out adoptions and where it firmly operates. Takes care of the publication of a magazine - Vita Nova- destined to contribute to debating the theme of adoption and of the international cooperation regarding the subject of the protection of the rights of children. The web site of the association is: www.associazionenova.org
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