Due to poverty, child abuse or parental substance misuse children are getting temporarily removed from their families. There is no concept of short-term foster care in Ukraine. When social services identify a risk for the child's well-being, he/she is placed in the institution which is widely acknowledged to be extremely damaging. In many instances, the family crises remain unresolved, and 9 out of 10 children stay in residential care considerably longer than initially intended 6 months' period.
We support 70 children at risk of being deprived of parental care. In Kyiv city and the region we run 5 emergency fostering services which work on four connected streams of activity: 1) immediate care for a child by the emergency foster parents; 2) support services to resolve a family crisis/ emergency causing the child's removal; 3) capacity building for parents in fullfiling their responsibilities; 4) training of the social workers working with children and emergency foster carers.
This project is a pioneering opportunity to ensure the most vulnerable children stay in the care of the family and avoid traumas of institualisation, whilst their parents are receiving essential assistance and resources to strengthen their capacity and to become better parents raising and developing their children in the future. Our vision is for this model to spread to form a network of emergency foster carers throughout Ukraine, where children are the priority.
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