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...
Nov 25, 2016

+ Project Latest News

"School for young mothers"
"School for young mothers"

Dear friends,

We would like to share the latest news on the + Project.

Last time we told you a story about Olga, mother of two wonderful babies.

MAMA+ staff provided Olga and her family with comprehensive psychosocial support. Olga’syoungerchildreceivedmedicalexaminations, includingHIVtesting. We hope that the baby is healthy, as his latest tests have been negative. Unfortunately, little Vasya had problems with his eyes revealed, but the timely medical intervention helped the boy to avoid serious health problems.

Olga’s oldest son began to attend the kindergarten regularly, and found new friends there.

MAMA+ project staff can now confirm that Olga has become a careful mother.

Last time, telling Olga’s story, we wrote that the woman was put in the register of homeless people, which hindered reception of social allowances and medical services. Now Olga and with her children has been registered by her partner’s mother in a room of a communal apartment: the family has obtained their housing, while it is small. Due to assistance from the project social worker, the client has registered for all children’s allowances, received a certificate for maternity capital (special allowance to mothers who have given birth to a second child). Olga’spartnerhasfoundpermanentemployment. Thus, the client’s financial and housing issues have been resolved.

We are grateful to all of you for your participation in supporting this family in such a difficult period of time for them. Due to your contribution, the children were provided with milk formula, diapers, and clothes.

 The project support and participation of the staff have become crucial in improving the status of this family. MAMA+ staff will continue to care about Olga and her children, but we hope that they will be able to live without the project participation very soon.

Peer support group
Peer support group
Nov 25, 2016

Foster Family Project News

Dear Friends,

We are happy to provide you with the latest updates on the Foster Family project. The project staff members continue to organize sessions of the Scholl for Foster Parents (SFP) for potential foster parents. The School is attended by candidates interviewed by the project psychologist and/or social worker. Over the last several months, we have conducted two SFP cycles, with a total of 23 trainees provided with certificates of completion. We hope that these families will meet their long-awaited children.

After the child is placed in the family, the project staff continue to assist the foster parents. Assistance to foster parents who have taken children from institutions is essential, as it prevents the abandonment of foster children.

Our clients are fond of various workshops and festive events which we organize within the framework of the Club of Foster Families (CFF). One of the latest CFF sessions was attended by an artist who conducted a flower design workshop. The children were enthused, and each child was gifted an original bunch of flowers for their parents or other relatives.

The children look forward to the next chance to meet with one another and the project staff. This meeting will be devoted to celebrating the seasonal winter holidays. We hope to be able to engage volunteers for organizing this event and find presents for all children from the Foster Family Project.

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.

 
   

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