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

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.

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.

 
   

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