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...
Apr 20, 2016

Letest new about Foster Family Project

Dear Friends,

Today we would like to tell you a story about the foster mother Anna and her daughter Olya

Background: In 2015, Anna, 26, fostered Olya, 5, upon completion of DTC’s School for Foster Parents. The child had serious health problems (ICP) and psychological concerns: fears and aggressive behavior. Under the Foster Family project supervision, Anna and Olya were provided with assistance in addressing challenges they both faced.

In the summer of 2015, Anna contacted DTC for a consultation. In the fall, the girl was expecting an operation to restore her hip joint, which gave her a chance to gain the ability to walk. The foster mother was worried by Olya’s emotional status before the hospitalization. The girl was suffering from severe pain and was afraid of doctors and medical interventions. Moreover, she began having nightmares… Due to arrangements by the project staff, a neurologist and a psychologist provided the family with recommendations. The girl was recommended play therapy to ensure that she is prepared for the operation and is emotionally well-of during the post-operation period. The therapy consisted in playing out different situations, including “doctor-patient”, “operation”, “recuperation”, etc. The operation was successful. In the hospital, the child was sleeping well and was emotionally stable. Afterwards, the girl needed long-term rehabilitation under the supervision of doctors. The foster mother and the girl were shocked by that and needed psychological assistance. Over several months, the project psychologist and social worker were supporting the family while the girl was in the hospital. Discharged, Olya spent several months in stirring plaster. It was a difficult period for the family, and the project staff continued to provide them with psychological support, consultations and humanitarian assistance. By the New Year the plaster was discarded, and the girl began to walk using a walking frame. Together with other foster families, they were invited to the New Year party organized by the project. The girl was happy to meet with her friends, play with them, participate in the festive performance and receive a gift from the Father Frost. Anna appreciated this invitation, as was also pleased to meet with other parents.

Presently, the family is receiving consultations of the project staff and participating in sessions of the Club of Foster Families. In the fall, Olya is going to a school for children with locomotion disorders. Anna hopes she will get by using a walking frame, rather than a wheelchair. We are wishing good health to Olya, and patience to her foster mother.

Today we would like to tell you about families that fostered children upon completion of our School for Foster Parents

In summer 2015, Alyona graduated from DTC’s School for Foster Parents. In April 2015, on vacation, she went to Amur region to see her parents. To St. Petersburg, she returned together with the boy Kirill, 3 and a half years of age, whom she fostered. DTC psychologist, social worker and pediatrician provided the family with consultations. The family is currently on the supervision of DTC’s Foster Family project, actively participating in the Club of Foster Families.

In February 2016, watching video passports of children who lost parental support, Tamara and Igor, a married couple, saw Misha, an 8-year-old boy from a Moscow orphanage. In a short while, they made a decision that the boy should grow up in their family together with their 9-year-old son. Their son welcomed the news that he would have a brother. The couple contacted DTC for a consultation on family placement of the child. Foster Family staff provided them with assistance and recommended them to enroll in the School for Foster Parents (SFP). At the end of February, they went to Moscow for the first meeting with the child. Before the trip, DTC staff counseled the couple on the rules of the first meeting. On their return home, Tamara and Igor came to an understanding that they should take this child, and began to collect a package of documents for taking him as a guest until they graduated from the School and had all the required documents for fostering the boy for good. In March 2016, the couple started their course of SFP training. The orphanage’s staff permitted them to take the boy home during the spring holidays. The family received Foster Family consultations about the principles of short-term placement of children and communication with the child at this stage. In April, the family graduated from the SPF, collected the full package of documents and left for Moscow for the boy.

We are grateful to all of you for your contribution to supporting foster families and gifting childhood to orphans.

Apr 11, 2016

Latest news about MAMA+ project

Kirill
Kirill

We are grateful to you for visiting the page of the + Project.

Today we are going to tell you a story about a family taken on MAMA+ supervision repeatedly. This family is in acute need of support.

Yulia and her children Vanya (7 years of age), Lyosha (2 years and 8 months), and Lena (3 months)

Yulia reenrolled MAMA+. She made her first enrollment after giving birth to her second child (in 2013). That time she and her husband were active drug users. The family was facing severe financial shortcomings, and the child abandonment risk was extremely high. Several years ago, MAMA+ staff were able to keep the child in the family, and support Yulia and her husband in their transition to healthy lifestyles: both parents stopped using drugs; Yulia’s husband found permanent employment. When the family situation stabilized, and the child was removed from the AIDS Center’s register, the case of this family was successfully closed, as they no more needed the project assistance.

In the fall of 2015, Yulia contacted MAMA+ again. She was pregnant with her third child, however. However, her husband’s health declined. The woman needed psychological, social and material assistance. In early December 2015, Yulia’s husband passed away (advanced stages of AIDS). At the end of the month, the woman gave birth to a daughter. Yuila was deeply depressed by the death of her husband, and needed support. MAMA+ staff were within call all this time: they provided the woman with psychological support and consultations on medical and social issues at home visits, as well as brought milk formula, clothes and furniture for the newborn.

Yulia is currently in need of material and psychological assistance. MAMA+ staff are assisting her in paperwork to register for children’s allowances and a survivor’s pension (as her husband died). The woman grew up in an orphanage. She has no relatives and no sources of support. Before her husband died, the family moved to a room in a communal apartment, which should be improved to accommodate the mother with three children (furniture for the older child and renovation).

Yulia’s second child Lyosha needs orthopedic footwear: the boy is suffering from ICP, with his legs different in length. We hope that due to participation of people that care we will be able to help the boy in purchasing correctional shoes.

Now the mother and her children are on MAMA+ active supervision. The project staff escort the client with children to healthcare institutions (to put her newborn child on the AIDS Center register for regular medical monitoring), provide her with consultations on all social and legal issues, as well as psychological support.

We are kindly asking you to support this family.

Update on Eugenia and Kirill

We are happy to share good news about Eugenia and Kirill, whom we told you about in our pervious report.

Kirill is doing well and now he is one year and two months.

All this time, the MAMA+ staff have been providing the family with psychosocial assistance, counseling the mother on medical issues, helping her to find a neurologist specialized in epilepsy, who is currently providing the boy with treatment and regular medical monitoring. Presently, the child is at a remission stage. His health status is normal. MAMA+ provided the family with milk formula and diapers for the child. The project staff were able to pay for a course of therapeutic massage for the boy, which produced good results. Now we can say the crisis is over. The woman’s psychological status has stabilized due to timely assistance of MAMA+ staff. Kirill’s health status has improved. To date, he has been tested HIV-negative. The woman is trying to handle many issues on her own: registering for obtaining disability status confirmation for her son, attending medical specialists, etc. The mother and her child continue to visit the MAMA+ Center: the project psychologist provides the woman with recommendations on child development (Kirill spent much time in the hospital and has minor delays in psychomotor development). The family is still supervised by MAMA+. The project timely support enabled the family to overcome difficulties and move on.

We appreciate everyone for supporting our project all this time.

Kirill
Kirill
Jan 12, 2016

New Year Celebration Party

New Year Celebration Party for Foster Family Project Clients.


On December 20, 2015, the Radisson Royal Hotel hosted a New Year celebration party for the clients of DTC’s Foster Family Project. That day, parents and children found themselves in a real New Year fairy tale: actors of the Tarabum Theater did their best to make the evening unforgettable for all. Children with their parents were playing guessing games, participating in contests, singing and dancing. Father Frost called on, bringing wonderful presents. The good wizard tried to meet all the wishes, and each child was gifted a wanted present. The children prepared a performance for the long-awaited guest – reciting verses and singing songs, and dancing around the beautiful New Year tree. The greetings and gifts giving ceremony were followed by a tea party. The hotel restaurant prepared delicious meals and desserts for children and parents. The children especially welcomed a cake with fireworks.

We are glad to know that the Foster Family Project has friends and follow-thinkers. This is due to your participation that we are able to find parents for children from shelters and orphanages.

 

 

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