Children
 Denmark
Project #18410

Support for Children of Alcoholics in Denmark

by International Blue Cross
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Summary

One in ten Danish children is negatively affected by parental alcohol consumption, and at least 122,000 Danish children grow up in families with outright abuse. The Blue Cross has two houses for children that offer care, counseling and treatment in an alcohol-free environment. They can spend time with their peers and seek support for the harm caused by their parents' addiction.
$42,562.00
total goal
$26,441.00
remaining
82
donors
0
monthly donors
2
years active

Challenge

One in ten Danish children is negatively affected by parental alcohol consumption, and at least 122,000 Danish children grow up in families with outright abuse. Recent studies on young people revealed a culture where alcohol is perceived essential in collective intoxication, construction of identities, positive experiences and expectations to alcohol and reaffirming friendships.

Solution

Blue Cross Denmark has built up community centers for children in two cities, Aalborg and Copenhagen, where they can meet peers and seek mutual and professional support. Counseling services are available or children can spend free time in an alcohol-free environment where they can talk about their parents' addiction and how it affects them directly. Blue Cross offers care, counseling and treatment and seeks to ease the pain, confusion and shame associated with family members' addiction.

Long-Term Impact

Blue Cross Denmark builds relations and trust with both the users of its treatment services and with their children. By offering a space for children to speak freely about their parents addiction and the effect is has on them, the Blue Cross empowers youth to lead drug free lives and create healthy social networks. This gives children a chance at leading a healthy, successful life.

Resources

http:/​/​www.ifbc.info/​default.aspx
International Blue Cross website
International Blue Cross Facebook Page
Barnets Blue House website

Organization Information

International Blue Cross

Location: Bern - Switzerland
Website: http:/​/​www.ifbc.info/​default.aspx
Project Leader:
Anne Babb
Bern, Bern Switzerland

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