We are so grateful that you have chosen to help Partnership for Every Childs' Short Breaks project! Your support not only allows our organisation to provide high quality, caring, professional services to families in need, it also makes all the difference in the world to our families who, without our assistance, would face critical decisions that might mean surrendering their children to the care of institutions and orphanages for a lack of alternatives. Your generous contributions keep our programme running so that our families stay together and are able to provide a stable and loving environment for their children.
Short Breaks gives parents a respite from the difficulties of raising a special needs child through matching them with professional foster families who care for the child periodically, thus giving the family the opportunity to manage household affairs or simply rest. The child benefits by socialising with others, and most importantly, the reduced stress in the home means that the family stands a greater chance of staying together instead of opting to place the child in an institution. This quarter, the Short Breaks programme served 59 families and 71 children in St. Petersburg. In total our our professionals in foster care and other social services provided 7287 hours of care to our families in the Short Breaks programme. Partnership for Every Child has a waiting list of families to receive this special respite care, so each contribution means that we can serve more and more families in need!
I would like to share with you a story about one of our families and their son, Misha, who has Cerebral Palsy. Misha has parents, but they gave him up when they understood that he has CP. He is now being raised by his elderly grandparents, who love Misha very much and spend all of their free time with him going for walks, studying and taking him to his medical appointments. Misha is very fortunate to have his grandparents to care for him, but like everyone, his grandmother and grandfather are often fatigued, and sometimes cannot manage simple tasks like going to store or running errands around the city. "Before we were accepted into the Short Breaks Programme, for two years, my wife and I were unable to do things such as visit my mother in law's grave", says Misha's grandfather. "My wife cannot drive 1.5 hours by herself, and there was no one with whom to leave our grandson. He has a difficult contrition, and we cannot ask our friends to stay with him, nor could we afford to pay a medical specialist to stay with him. Simply to call a stranger to babysit him could be dangerous!"
"Short Breaks" helps to solve problems like these for families in need. "Thanks to 'Short Breaks', my husband and I can also tend to our own health needs, or go to an occasional concert. We trust our foster family 100%. Misha loves Natalia Georgievna very much! They play together, study and go for walks. And my grandsons' circle of friends has grown. I don't know what would become of us without 'Short Breaks'!" -- Misha's grandmother.