We are pleased to update you on the latest news of the Foster Family Project.
In April, a new School for Foster Parents training cycle was initiated.
In May, a total of 13 people (9 families) completed the training and were awarded certificates.
During the reporting period, a total of 56 potential foster parents were provided with consultations by the project staff on family placement of children.
Due to your support, 5 children from government institutions were placed in foster families. Children placed in families represent different age groups: the youngest child is a 4-month-old boy, and the youngest one is a 7-year-old girl.
Over the last 3 month, 28 families with 40 foster children have been provided with project support.
Peace Boat Team Visits the Club for Foster Families
On May 18, the Club for Foster Families received an unusual delegation: DTC was visited by the Peace Boat team. The ship of the Peace Boat Organization brought over 800 passengers from Japan to St. Petersburg. The purpose of their voyage is to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. The Peace Boat embarks on a voyage every year, visiting tens of countries every time. This is the third Peace Boat visit to DTC.
The event started with the presentation of DTC projects for the guests. The delegation members in their turn told about Japanese culture and answered the children’s questions. The event program also included a series of workshops. Peace Boat passengers held an origami session for children and demonstrated the art of calligraphy. The clients were also well prepared for this meeting. Assisted by their parents and volunteers, they conducted workshops on making rag dolls, decorating Russian nesting dolls, and showed decoupage techniques. As the guests say they were very impressed by the Russian Salad class.
The meeting culminated in tea drinking with Russian pancakes and Japanese sweets, and a photo session.
Presently, the majority of our clients are spending their summer holidays in children’s recreational camps, sanatoriums, or in the country together with their parents. The project staff members continue their work interviewing potential foster parents, visiting families under the project supervision, and providing consultations to candidate foster parents by phone or at personal meetings.