First professional foster family service launched in the Transnistrian region
A suitable family for every child who has been deprived of parental care. This was the aim set by the nongovernmental organizations “Detstvo Detyam” from Tiraspol and „Partnerships for Every Child” from Chisinau with the help of the "Support to Confidence Building Measures" Programme (SCBM) by implementing for the first time a professional foster family's service in the Transnistrian region. Thanks to the new service, three children have been already placed in families, with other eight to join their new families soon. These first results, as well as the mechanism needed for the functioning of a professional foster family service were discussed today during a roundtable held in Tiraspol for professionals from both banks of Nistru river.
Within this project supported financially by the EU-UNDP “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme, 20 professionals and representatives from local authorities from the Transnistrian region attended several training courses and study visits on the right bank of Nistru river to implement, in partnership, the first professional foster family service in the region. For this purpose, they also benefited from the experience the „Partnerships for Every Child” organization from Chisinau has in the field of foster families’ service. At the same time, several information campaigns to identify potential parents were carried out. 58 identified families were prepared to host orphans or children deprived of parental care. Thus, three children have been already placed in alternative families, while, other eight are to enjoy parental warmth in the nearest future. Once the children are placed, the respective families receive psychological welfare services and free legal support. „The monitoring results show that these children have found the right family and that it is a successful experience. Due to the partnership established between the civil society, local authorities and experts in the social protection field, the professional foster family service will have continuity and will gain more importance”, said Natalia Raider, Director of the NGO „Detstvo Deteam”.
„We believe that every child has the right to a loving family and by providing financial support to this project we are happy to offer this. Today we see how cooperation between organizations from both banks made children and their alternative families happy. This encourages us to continue our efforts in the next years and support joint initiatives between both banks for improvement of people’s lives”, said Alexandre Darras, EU Delegation to Moldova attaché and project manager.
„The initiative to develop the professional foster families service in the Transnistrian region represents one of the 21 joint projects currently implemented by NGOs with the help of our Programme. The purpose of these projects, along with other initiatives supported in the field of business development, infrastructure renovation, healthcare and environment, is to build confidence between people living on both banks of the Nistru River. The achievements made so far demonstrate that people on both sides are facing the same problems, and when they join their efforts, are able to find far more effective solutions”, said Victor Dragutan, project manager within the EU-UNDP “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme.
The EU-UNDP "Support to Confidence Building Measures" (SCBM) Programme aims at increasing confidence between people living on the both banks of Nistru River, in order to help them cooperate and improve their lives. In this respect, European Union and UNDP financially and technically support their joint activities in five key areas: business development, civil society, social infrastructure, environment and health.
The Programme is implemented during the period 2012-2015, with a total budget of 10,600,000 Euro, granted by the EU (9,500,000 Euro) and UNDP (1,100,000 Euro).
Natalia Costas, Communication Consultant, SCBM Programme; Tel: (+ 373) 69221141, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org