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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...
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.

Jun 1, 2016

Latest news about Foster Family project

Misha
Misha

Dear friends,

We are happy to update you on the Foster Family project.

On the weekend, our clients – fostered children – visited the art shop by our faithful volunteer Tatjana Melissa. Tatjana conducted a wonderful and unforgettable workshop for the children and their parents.

It was a sunny day… and the work was humming in the shop: under Tatjana’s tactful guidance, the children were making perfumed SOAP.

On Sunday alone, the children made 3 kilos of soap, asked Tatjana 1,000 questions, and experienced 1,000,000 positive emotions!!!

We honestly believe that you also feel happy about these children who have found their families and exude joy now.

Please support our Foster Family project in the run-up to the World Children’s Day celebration on June 1.

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.

 

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