Evening time: Mykyta playing, Sasha having dinner
As you remember, last week we have reported that Emergency Fostering for Children in Ukraine has reached and important mark: the service helped 100 children to avoid residential institutions and stay with their biological parents or find new, loving families.
Now, let us tell you the story that marked the first 3-digit number in the history of introducing emergency fostering for Ukrainian children.
Our heroes are little Sasha* who is just 4 months away from turning 2 years old and his brother Mykyta* who is 9. They became the 99th and 100th child ever hosted by an emergency fosterer in Ukraine.
Local social workers first came to know the boys in the early spring of 2017: neighbors next door were concerned about the fighting they heard happening between the mother of the boys and her partner who is also the father of Sasha. And then, one day they saw a smoke coming out of their apartment.
Neighbors called firemen and social workers who later found out that children were home alone and, being hungry, they decided to make some toasts with a frying pan, which resulted in smoke. Fortunately, no one got hurt, but the Service for Children did decide to move the kids to the family of emergency fosterer.
As it turned out, both grandmother and mother of these children were brought up in residential institutions. What is more, the former was not against such course of upbringing both for her daughter and her grandchildren. With their own granny having such attitude, Sasha’s father being addicted to alcohol and Mykyta’s father not showing any interest in his child, little guys were under the risk of neglect and could end up in harmful residential care. Mykyta was already falling behind at school, he needed more attention from the adults.
However, despite a few mistakes in the past, the mother of Sasha and Mykyta loves them very much and so far she has never missed an opportunity to visit her kids.
“She is really trying her best to become a better parent for the boys. – says Liubov Yashchuk, emergency fosterer. – she visits them every chance she gets, asks questions on how to provide better care to children. She is looking for a new job to become more independent and have higher income in the interest of her family… Together with her former partner she did not exactly become an alcoholic, but she certainly used to consume a lot of alcohol. But she has not drunk a drop of it since the boys are here.”
As of this day, the court has already taken the decision that the children may be returned to their mother who proved her ability to become a better parent.
Unfortunately, while in emergency foster care, a very sad thing about Mykyta’s health was discovered: the boy had an epileptic seizure. It was lucky it happened in the presence of the fosterer who is trained to provide aid to any child.
There is hope that Mykyta will fully recover and not have any seizures in the future. However, he is prescribed to regularly take medicine and medical examinations. Until the boy is still with emergency fosterer, there is no obstacle to this treatment. However, after he is back with his mother, it might get hard financially.
Just USD150 will ensure the whole course of treatment for Mykyta. And, as you remember, thanks to the GG Rewards Bonus Day we only need to collect USD75 to ensure that health issue will not hinder this family from taking their second chance for a better future.
Any extra money collected will be used for training of emergency foster families who provide safe and loving environment for children, like Sasha and Mykyta, whose parents undergo a temporary crisis. These families not only address the needs of the children that might have been dangerously neglected or simply fallen out of the focus of their biological families, they also construct bridges to help the little ones reunite with their parents or to connect with their new families. This work demands a lot of competency, personal dedication and constant development. We are really proud of our fostering heroes for their high professionalism.
So, please, do consider donating to this project, in order to help us multiply this positive experience and ensure that children in all communities of Ukraine have access to such services!
On behalf of the whole team of Partnership for Every Child let me thank you once again for all you have already done to make the stories of Sasha and Mykyta as well as other 98 happy stories come true!
Project Communications Officer
*The names of the children were changed to protect their identities