Children
 Ukraine
Project #13047

Vital Emergency Fostering for Children in Ukraine

by Partnership for Every Child
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#FamilyPatronage was presented at the IACC 2016
#FamilyPatronage was presented at the IACC 2016

Dear friends,

As the 2017 is approaching us, it seems that now is the best time to think back and summarize what has been achieved over the year that is ending. Hopefully, these 12 months have been fruitful for you. As for us, we are thrilled to tell you about the transformational shifts that have been successfully realized, in order to enable not several, but all Ukrainian children who are temporary left without parental care to benefit from professional, high-quality short-term foster care.

First of all, we are very proud to tell you about the amendments of the national legislation lobbied by Partnership for Every Child that were approved and signed this year. 

The turning point in introduction of emergency fostering (#FamilyPatronage) in Ukraine took place on January 26, 2016 when the law No. 936 was approved by Verkhovna Rada, the Parliament of Ukraine. This act started a state-wide experiment for development of short-term foster service in all regions of Ukraine. And later legislative amendments included professional emergency foster carers into the cohort of service providers who receive state-funded salary (law No. 1794 of December 20, 2016) and pension for retirement (law No. 1692 of October 19, 2016).

While these were crucial changes, they raised two other massive challenges for us. First of all, to provide mentioned services in all regions of Ukraine, patronage families have to be constantly recruited and trained. What is more, to ensure fulfillment of all the legislative acts approved and signed this year, a campaign for promotion of the service has to be run, which is necessary not just for developing understanding of the service among broad public, but also specifically for getting social sphere specialists realize how necessary and useful it is for ensuring best interests of a child.

Therefore, second achievement that we find essential is the start of informational campaign. Over the last months we have been diligently informing Ukrainian public about all the developments within the national experiment via available channels, held special seminars for social sphere specialists and NGO-representatives in local communities, presented #FamilyPatronage in all possible ways to the public. But one achievement that is particularly important to us is development of an exhibition about short-term fostering, including life stories that have been changed over the years thanks to this service.  The exhibition “visited” several state institutions, including the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine and touched hearts of many decision-makers, which also helped to move the processes of approving necessary legal amendments along.

We have also trained a team of dedicated trainers who are passionate about their task, namely to train short-term foster carers, patronage families. We formed local trainer teams who are responsible for carrying out trainings in particular regions.

Of course, so much more has to be done to ensure that every child temporary left without parental care stays in safe and loving family environment at all times. In order to use this life-changing opportunity, so many challenges have to be addressed. But your support is the crucial factor that fuels the engine moving this process forward meter by meter.

We Thank you for all you have done to support this cause. We hope that the community of #FamilyPatronage supporters will only grow in 2017. But not without your help! These last days of the year are the last chances to make a monthly recurring donation that will be matched by 200%, if kept active until March 2017. And it is a great opportunity to engage more support. Please, tell your friends, relatives, acquaintaces about this opportunity before you raise your glass on the New Year’s Eve. Imagine how many smiles might light up on children’s faces thanks to this small effort! 

Please, note that all the costs donated by the global givers are used to fulfill the direct needs of children (in psychological aid, rehabilitation etc.), enhance conditions in which patronage families provide their services and train newly recruited families. “Every child that needs to be protected can be placed in emergency foster care. – says Larysa Kuznetsova, emergency foster carer from Kyiv. – We had babies, preschoolers and teenagers, children with disabilities and young mothers with newborns. Each placement is a new, often tragic story of a child or children, who were betrayed by their parents. Lots of love, warmth and professinalism is needed to light a sparkle of trust and hope in their eyes!” 

On behalf of Partnership for Every Child, let me send you the warmest New Year greetings! May your next year be successful and full of light!

 

Sincerely yours, 

Kateryna Snisarenko

Project Communications Officer

and the team of Partnership for Every Child

#FamilyPatronage exhibition...
#FamilyPatronage exhibition...
...and our team.
...and our team.
Trainers of patronage families
Trainers of patronage families
Patronage carer Tetiana Gurska being awarded...
Patronage carer Tetiana Gurska being awarded...
...a prize for a journal on patronage care lessons
...a prize for a journal on patronage care lessons

Dear friends,

It is a well-known fact that around important holidays, such as Christmas, everyone is craving for miracles. Luckily, Global Giving community is there to bring you and us closer together, so we could make our dreams and ideas come true.

One particular miracle has nearly failed to occur, but it did arrive. And just in time to become your own Christmas story.

The mother of little Katia (3 y.o.), Dima (2 y.o.) left them closed in a rented apartment where they stayed for 9 days. They did not have any water or food with the exception of a few candies. The scratches and other damages inside the apartment prove that they tried to escape, but could not. After all their attempts to cry for help, on the 6th day of imprisonment, Dima’s heart stopped. And Katia remained with her dead brother’s body for another 3 days until discovered by the mother who finally returned home.

Katia was hospitalized, while social services raised the question about withdrawal of parental rights from the careless mother and start of criminal procedures against her and her boyfriend. Meanwhile, in the middle of all of this, Katia was in extremely bad state of health alone at the hospital. Her biological father wasn’t there either, since earlier in this story his ex-wife prohibited him to see the children due to his aggressive behavior.

“Children cannot see how adults are trying to define who’s wrong and who’s wright. - says Zinaida Kyianytsia, Deputy Director of P4EC who has contributed a lot to the development of the service in Ukraine, - For a child every day is important: it is a unique development opportunity, which can only be used when this child is receiving warmth and family care. At this moment patronage family is the best solution”. 

So patronage family (short-term foster family) came to the rescue.

It was already miraculous enough, after all, that Katia’s health was restored. And right now another miracle is in the process – the little one is taken care of by patronage parents and, hopefully, will find a new, permanent, loving home.

“As of today, the child was placed in a patronage family, she was removed from the hospital. – Says Deputy Chief Medical of the hospital where Katia spent first weeks after freed from the prison apartment. – Right now she has to go through rehabilitation period to full recovery. Right now we are justified to tell that the child has no somatic problems, she is in good health. Now we should hope that, after some time, she will also “melt down” and regain psychological health as well.”

The girl will again be happy and smiling. Partonage parents will do everything possible for her sooner emotional recovery. Katia will stay with them for several months, until a permanent care decision is developed.

By the way, Katia also has a baby sister who is daughter of Katia’s mom and her boyfriend and who used to be taken care of by a grandmother. Right now she is also placed in the patronage family, together with the elder sister.

Thanks to your support, these little angels were saved. They will not be separated from each other and will find a common family. Enough grounds to call it a miracle, we would say.

However, our goal goes much further. There are a lot of children in Ukraine who suffer from child neglect and violence. So the bigger our project community is, the faster we can help them all. Therefore, let them feel your warmth over Christmas by inviting your friends and family to support this cause during holidays.

Just one small good always gets multiplied: if they make a new monthly recurring donation to the project and keep it active until March 2017, their initial donation will be matched by 200% thanks to the Global Giving Year-End Campaign. 

Thank you again for all you have done to support this cause!

Merry Christmas to all of the patronage givers!

 

Sincerely,

Kateryna Snisarenko

Project Communications Officer

Martha at Tetiana and Ivan Gnatyky family
Martha at Tetiana and Ivan Gnatyky family

Dear friends,

Warm holiday season greetings to all of you!

Did you know that during this magical time of the year (when everything is possible) you are able to multiply the good that you do at least by half? If you did not, get ready to find out, because our story begins...

...It begins with a little girl, named Martha, whose mother left her family for another one.

This happened when Martha was less than two years old and even though she also had a loving father, this occasion made a huge negative impact on her. All due to the Soviet-time belief that the father should not take an active part in child's early upbringing. Unfortunately, up until now it still exists in Ukraine and negatively impacts parental capacity of many dads, including little Martha's father. The latter was already devastated being left by his spouse, but realization of the fact that he was also unable to take proper care of his child shook him even more. All in all, the negativity of the situation consumed him, he was self-unconscious and confused and clearly needed external assistance.

As a result, Martha who has a very delicate immune system got sick and was placed in a hospital, which nearly destroyed her dad. However, short-term foster carers came to help. They took over the parental responsibilities while the girl was in the hospital and took her home after she got better.

Not only did they manage to restore Martha’s health in just 1,5 months, they returned confidence to the girl’s father and actually helped him become a capable parent.  

“Without the ability to sincerely talk with with the Gnatyk family I would not be able to learn how to care about my own daughter and, most likely, it would not end up well. – said the happy father after reuniting with Martha. – When she was in the hospital, I could not sleep well worrying that she might be taken away from me bacause I am a single father without any considerable father-skills. I realised that, instead of concentrating on our loss, I should value the happiness of having such a little miracle at my side and learn what I should do to keep her happy at all times”.

This example shows how assistance, even very limited in time, can turn hopeless situation into a hopeful one. Martha avoided the trauma of being completely separated from her parent. Her father, at the same time, raised his capacity as a dad and formed a small, but loving and tight family.

Over the last 6 years 29 of the children ever placed in short-term emergency care in Ukraine successfully reunited with their bilogical parents after overcoming similar or even much more difficult circumstances. And while this is a considerable achivement, our project aims for much more. We believe that  every child has to grow up and develop in a caring family. Martha’s family was rescued, but there are still many other ones in an urgent need of assistance. These are the families whose true enemy is not parental indifference, but difficult circumstances coming along the way. Such families deserve a chance to be supported and change for the better. Therefore  we aim to spread the service of short-term fostering to as many communities as possible.

...And just imagine that in the time of crisis every family will have the opportunity to be supported and every child will be surrounded by family care at all times. At the moment you are able to help us make this vision come true much faster, you can do much more than you might think.

Thanks to the #GivingTuesday campaign supported by GlobalGiving.org, all the donations made on November 29, 2016 will be matched by additional 50%. This means that if you donate 10 USD we will get 15 USD for providing further aid to vulnerable families with children!

All of you have already done so much for our beneficiaries! Please, do consider this opportunity to multiply the good that you generated throughout the project, in order to help boys and girls like Martha stay together with their parents at all times.

Thank you in advance from all of us at Partnership for Every Child! Your support inspires and helps us to do so much more!

 

Sincerely yours,

Kateryna Snisarenko

Project Communications Officer

...and the whole team of Parntership for Every Child

Playing the learning game
Playing the learning game

Dear friends,

Winter is time of miracles, love, joy and magic in the air. And regardless the age, when it comes to Christmas season and New Year celebration many people are waiting for the dreams to come true.

Today we want to share the great memories with you, when some little, but still very important dreams turned into reality because of your help and support. There is a holiday in Ukraine when St. Nicholas brings to every obedient child the little gift, and we were happy to be his helpers on behalf of you. All children, who currently stay in short-term foster families wrote the letters and received some presents they were dreaming of: fluffy toys, ball, roller-skates, learning games, construction kits, watercolour painting set and brushes, embroidery set, mp3 player, earphones, English tutorial and different sweets.

You just should imagine how happy they were, how bright were their eyes and how sincere they were laughing. “I feel myself so happy, now I got a friend to love me”, - said little Yana* holding her new fluffy rabbit, which speaks “I love you” often. “My English will become much better with the tutorial I have dreamed about”, - the 13-years old Nastia* told. And the youngest children, who are only 6 and 7 months old kept their new toys as a treasure and smiled a lot.

Thank you very much for all your kindness and support. We know that together with your help we are able to change the live for thousands vulnerable children and make some big dream about loving and caring family come true as well.

Many of us are waiting for the winter holidays to start the life from scratch when the New Year will come. We are building plans and believe that better things will happen next year. We are making wishes and promises to ourselves; we are ready to improve ourselves to become healthier, organized, kind etc. But the true is that now as the best time for transformation. Always.

Just look around and enjoy those days! Isn`t it a miracle that all the world is dream bigger? You are the part of the wonderland. On behalf of all vulnerable children we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And please donate whatever you can afford and tell everyone you know about the little steps which change the lives.

We thank you immensely!

* All names of the children have been changed to protect confidentiality. 

 

With English tutorial
With English tutorial
Tiny sweets lover
Tiny sweets lover
Learning to ride a scooter
Learning to ride a scooter
Happy little Angel
Happy little Angel

The Indian summer is upon us here in Ukraine and we hope you enjoy the warm autumn days as well. As this most exciting part of the autumn approaches, we are super-eager to tell you about all of the latest success stories of the Emergency Fostering project. And here comes one of the most amazing ones! It is about a case when foster care did not just help to save a family for a child, but reunited it emotionally and strengthened it.

As Nadia gave birth at the age of 13, she and even her own mother were not prepared to accept a baby-girl into the family. First of all, there was no physical possibility for them to take care of a newborn, since the grandmother of the latter would have to work days, in order to support children and Nadia had school classes to attend. What is more, neither the young mother, nor the young granny were emotionally ready to comprehend and realize their new responsibilities and challenges they had to face.

Being desperate, Nadia and her mom had even considered giving up the baby, but, luckily, medical staff of the maternity clinic told them about the possibility of placing both girls in a foster family.

“She was sure very young and could not immediately accept her new social role, the role of a mother. However, in the foster family Nadia was away from all the factors that constantly stressed her back home: anxiousness about not being ready to take care of a little baby, fear of going back to school and having her colleagues find out about her early motherhood and so on. Now Nadia was in a friendly, safe and comfortable environment, where she started to learn what it is like to be a mom and became connected to her child”, – the project manager Larysa, commented on the case.

When Nadia and the baby returned home, everything came together. It was decided that Nadia’s grandparents would take care of their grand-granddaughter for the first years giving the 13-year-old the ability to go back to school and receive proper education. The couple lives in another town, which provides Nadia with an opportunity to avoid unnecessary talks and prejudices about her. However, they still live close enough, so Nadia is also able to visit her child.

The good of the outcome truly concerns everyone in Nadia’s family.

Firstly, Nadia’s grandparents are thrilled about having a baby in their house. “She is a little angel, our sunshine! I do not know what we would do without having her around”, – shared Nadia’s grandmother while talking about her grand-granddaughter.

Secondly, Nadia became a real parent to her small daughter, while being able to continue studying and getting full use of her potential.

Finally, Nadia’s mother had time to figure out her life as well. In the end, she found a job where she could work fewer hours, in order to pay more attention to her child and grandchild. But most importantly, the beautiful baby-girl did not become an orphan. Instead, even before being able to walk and talk, she has revitalized emotional connections and love relations in her family. Once Nadia and her mother had some time without their regular problems oppressing them, both realized what a bless it is to have a little baby in their lives.

And this miracle of birth – the rebirth of a caring and truly united family – was possible thanks to your constant support to the project.  

  • It takes less than $10 to provide accommodation and food for children like Nadia and her baby for 1 day.
  • And only $200 can keep children like Nadia and her baby in urgent need of our support safe in a safe and secure family for 1 month.

We thank you for your generosity on behalf of Nadia, her little daughter and every child in need.

* The names have been changed to protect a child's confidentiality.

Emergency foster carer
Emergency foster carer's tender arms
Going for a walk with family
Going for a walk with family
 

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Partnership for Every Child

Location: Kyiv, N/A - Ukraine
Website: http:/​/​www.p4ec.org.ua
Project Leader:
Vasylyna Dybaylo
Kyiv, Kyiv Ukraine
$8,624 raised of $12,000 goal
 
220 donations
$3,376 to go
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