Support foster parents and adopters in Russia

by Charity Foundation 'Change one life'
Support foster parents and adopters in Russia
Support foster parents and adopters in Russia
Support foster parents and adopters in Russia
Support foster parents and adopters in Russia
Support foster parents and adopters in Russia
Support foster parents and adopters in Russia
Support foster parents and adopters in Russia
Support foster parents and adopters in Russia
Ludmila and Alina. Photo from the family archive
Ludmila and Alina. Photo from the family archive

Lyudmila took Alina into the family. During the adaptation period, difficulties arose that were difficult for Lyudmila to cope with on her own, and she turned to the Charitable Foundation “Change One Life” to find answers to the questions: “Why did the child ask to return to the orphanage? Why cheats? Why spoils my gifts?”

In an interview with the foundation, Lyudmila says: “The psychologist of the foundation explained that in this way the child checks me. Before I met and talked with her, I could not understand: why do I give all of myself, and nothing to me in return? What am I doing wrong? Why is there no heat from Alina? If it were not for the foundation's psychologist, I would have begun to engage in self-destruction. Of course, consultation with her is a treasure trove of knowledge. The psychologist said that Alina lives her trauma at the first stage. And over the next couple of years, the daughter should be perceived as a small child. And the second reason - is waiting fatigue: "What if they return me?" Or "When will they return me?" Because the experience of her previous life is not based on a quiet life in the family, everything was different there. Before consulting with a psychologist, I could not realize this problem, now everything has fallen into place."

For the last 4 months foster parents have received 209 personal consultations of psychologists, lawyers, consultations of specialists through social media; 598 hours of babysitters’ assistance; 1162 lessons of tutors helping foster children to be more successful in school studying.

This help is necessary for families to overcome difficult days and become more sustainable and calmer.

Thank you for helping parents who cares for orphans children!

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Valentina and Aliya
Valentina and Aliya

Support is extremely important for foster families, says Valentina, who took 7 years old Aliya into her family:

"In our town there are no such specialists able to deal with oprhan theme and foster parenting. But problems can appear suddently and sometimes very sharp. By the way not all of the psychologists are ready to understand all of the complecated and delicate situations, like what happened with Aliya".

Girl became distressed, and as a result tried to controll everyting, including foster mother. This happened, as specialists clarified, because the orphan child has been left alone right from beginning of his life, had to survive by herself. That's the reason of this kind of distress. 

"Assistance of Change one life Foundation helped me to keep the psychological stability in the family, to prevent the emotional burn out, to figure out the psychological problems in the child's behavior. I'm so grateful for everyone for the support!" - tells Valentina.

Thank you for support of our project, for giving the adopters and foster parents the abitily to ciome over all the difficulties of adoptation and parenting. 

From the beginning of this year foster parents have received 681 personal consultations of psychologists, laywers, consultations of specialists through social media. We have provided 891 hour of babisitters assistance for families, 2220 lessons of tutors helping foster children to be more successful in school studying. 

Thank you for being part of our team helping orphan children to stay in new famililes! 

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Julia with her children
Julia with her children

Julia is taking care of Elya - her goddaughter. Girl's parents died, and in the age of ten she came to the new family.

Adaptation wasn't easy, Elya became the oldest child in the family, she didn't wanted to. And it was complicated for her to find the right place in the family, she didn't quite listened to her new parents.

In the adaptation time, Julia turned to psycologist from Change One Life Foundation. Cousultaions helped the whole family: parents, their biological children and Elya.

The help of a specialist, Irina, who's been foster parent herself, was very important. And now Julia knows that the problems are temporary and there are ways to solve them.

Thank you for helping foster parents together with our project! 

In 2021 foster parents received 3219 consultations of psychologists and lawyers, 1377 hours of babysitter assistance. Children in foster families have got 2666 lessons with tutors.

This assistance helped foster families become stronger and overcome difficulties.

Thank you for being close to parents who cares about orphan children!

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Ksenia and Ulyana
Ksenia and Ulyana

Foster parents and adopters need assistance in many cases, even when they are on their way to the child.

So it happened with Ksenia. She had all the legal rights to take 2-months old Ulyana under the care. But social services refused to do so arguing that girl should be adopted, and she must stay in the orphanage. 

Ksenia asked for assistance of lawyers of Change One Life Foundation and  they helped her to solve this situation with social services. So Ulyana became part of  Ksenia's family. It's so important for her to spend the most precious first year of her life in a family, not in the orphanage. 

Such stories happen thanks to your help, thank you! 

From June till the September 2021 our Foundation provided for adopters and foster parents 128 consultations of psychologists, 133 consultations of lawyers, 641 consultations of specialists regarding family placement through social media. They helped hundreds of parents to overcome all the difficulties.

Thank you for staying beside the parents when they need help! 

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Babysitter Anna with Polina's foster daughter
Babysitter Anna with Polina's foster daughter

"Foster parents have to face physical and psychological load. Our children are traumatised. From the very beginning such a child hasn't received enought of mother's warmth. And as years passed he tries to catch up love, care, to recieve all of this from foster parents. 

So their new moms and dads have to give even more attention and their time to forster kids, than to their born children. And this can last quite for a long time. 

You have to be with the kid all the time, 24 hours a day. And, of course, sometimes you need to change the situation, even for a few hours. The "Time out" project of Change One Life Foundation helps me greately" - says Polina, foster mother from Moscow. She received the help of babysitters and can find power to raise he two foster daughters. 

Almost each forster family needs support from time to time, so we continue giving assistance to families - those who is just planning to take a child into the family, and to those who did it already. 

In 2021 from January till May we've provided 1652 consultaions of psychologists, laywers and other specialists. Parents received 1226 hours in "Time out" project.

In February we've launched new project - repetitors for children in foster familes. School becomes quite a hard test for them, as it's quite difficult to cope with the school program on a par with the rest of the children. So we started to help such kids online with school program on maths, geography, informatics, biology and so on - in order to give children in different parts of the Russia chance to receive good education. Till May we've already provided 1135 lessons. 

Thank you for support of our project and changing lives of children and parents in forster and adopting families! 



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Charity Foundation 'Change one life'

Location: Moscow - Russia
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Ekaterina Fedosova
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