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 comprehen...
Aug 17, 2016

New story

Dear friends,

The MAMA+ Project was contacted by Olga, a mother of two sons. We hope for your participation in supporting this family.

Olga, 30. Olga has two children: her older son Dima is 4, her younger son Vasya is 1 month. MAMA+ staff first met Olga at the maternity hospital which is visited by the project social worker several times a week for counseling HIV-positive mothers.

Vasya was born premature. He spent a month in a children’s hospital. The project staff supported Olga, bringing milk formula and diapers to the hospital, and providing her with clothes and medication for the child.
To date, the child has been discharged from the hospital. The mother is worried about his health. The family is on active patronage by the project. Together with her partner – her younger son’s father – and two children, Olga is renting a room in a communal apartment. They have no housing on their own. The woman has a status of a homeless person, which hinders registration for social allowances and the maternity capital. The salary of Olga’s partner is the only family income.

The family is in acute need of material assistance.
The woman has experience of drug use. Presently, she is in remission. Olga is emotionally unstable: she is afraid that the crisis situation and worries about her baby will trigger her relapse to using drugs. The project psychologist provides the woman with consultations several times a week. MAMA+ social worker provides her with assistance in obtaining documents and allowances, as well as material assistance, including diapers and milk formula.

The project staff will continue to support Olga and her children, and we hope you will join us in this activity.

Aug 17, 2016

Foster Family Project Updates

Dear Friends,

Today we are happy to present more successful stories of families that fostered children after graduating from our School for Foster Parents (SFP).

In February, DTC was contacted by a married couple, Nikita and Tamara. They had their own nine-year-old son and were about to foster Mikhail, an eighth-year-old boy. The child was living in one of Moscow orphanages. Participating in the SFP training, the couple said that the orphanage staff member were willing to meet their wishes, and permitted Nikita and Tamara to visit the institution to meet with the child. DTC psychologist and project social worker provided the family with individual consultations to prepare them for this meeting: they told them about the rules of communicating with orphanage children. On their return from Moscow, the family came to a decision to take the boy home as soon as possible.

In early April, shortly after completing the SFP training cycle, Nikita and Tamara were permitted to invite the boy to their place in St. Petersburg before they collected a complete package of documents required for fostering. DTC staff provided the family with a number of consultations on issues of short-term fostering, with the child visiting the family as a guest, main rules and principles of such type of placement, specifics of communication with the child in these settings, as well as the importance of establishing boundaries in interacting with an orphanage child.

Mikhail was staying with this family for around a week. This week was followed by one more meeting of Nikita and Tamara with DTC staff. The couple shared their fostering experience: they told the staff how the child was doing in the family, what it felt like, which challenges they faced, and what worked well. They said that they were able to establish warm relationship with the boy from the very beginning. Misha made friends with their son: they were spending time together, playing. Sometimes it happened that they “quarreled, but used to make it up in a short while”. By the May holidays all the documents were collected and the foster family was created. Presently, the boy is adapted in the family. His new parents continue to receive DTC’s assistance and consultations.

Two more children who lost family support found new families due to SFP graduates. In June, two-month-old Dima was adopted. In July, 1.5-year-old Andrey was placed in a guardianship family. Both families benefit from psychological assistance and consultations on adaptation issues.

We are grateful to you for supporting the Foster Family Project.

Jul 11, 2016

The latest news on the MAMA+ project

Dear Friends,

We would like to share the latest news on the MAMA+ project.

International Children’s Day at MAMA+

In June, MAC Cosmetics volunteers visited the + Center. The professional MAC makeup designers told the mothers on proper skin care, specifics of using makeup, as well as engaged them in a professional makeup session, creating a unique and unforgettable image for each woman. During the event, the young MAMA+ Center visitors were also involved in various activities. Having played well, each baby was gifted a useful present: a development toy and a book; the youngest visitors were given rattles. The MAMA+ staff provided the families with breast milk substitutes and diapers.
Following the photo session, the beautiful mothers and the MAC volunteers continued to communicate, discussing fashionable trends at tea.
The action was devoted to the International Children’s Day. The goal was to support HIV-positive women with children, strengthen their confidence and faith in the future. The project staff and volunteer makeup designers were trying to show the women that they were not alone, that a lot of people cared willing to support them.

DTC staff members appreciate your participation and care.

 
   

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