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.