Annual congress of the National Foster Care Association in Strausbourg
On October 13th,14th, and 15th, 2010 in the building of the Council of Europe was held the Annual Congress of the National Foster Care Association in France. Participants in the Congress were the social services, family assistants (foster parents), local authorities and others.
The Congress was marked by the extensive participation of representatives from France, Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Bulgaria and Great Britain. Participants from Bulgaria were Associate Professor Nelly Petrova-Dimitrova and Dr. Nadya Stoykova from the Social Activities and Practices Institute. The topic of the Congress was "Professionalization of the foster care". The participants in the Congress took a unified decision that an international network should be created to open the stage for discussions and exchange of practices.
More information can be expected at the Information Portal of the Social Activities and Practices Institute - Bulletin of the National Foster Care Resource Centre.
New foster family candidates in Shoumen
The Regional Foster Care Centre organized training for candidates for foster parents that took place on October 8th-15th, 2010. New 10 families from the region of Shoumen embarked on the mission to become foster parents and the training is part of their professional training.
Through discussions of real life situations and role games the candidates increase their understanding, sensitivity and skills to support children at risk that are victims of violence in their own families or that have been abandoned in specialized institutions.
"To live with his/her own parents is the best for every child, but when this is impossible, then foster care represents one of the best opportunities for the children to receive love, care and attention", commented the social workers from the team of the Regional Foster Care Centre. During the training they placed an accent on the ethical principles and rules that are an inseparable part of the life of people from the helping professions. The tasks related to the development of children from zero to three years old in pre-scool age and during the youth period represent other interesting topics included in the training.
"The mission of the foster parents is to be part of the life of the child and the family during one of the most difficult periods for them and during the training the future foster parents learn how to do this in the best possible way", share the social workers.
The training is one of the stages that foster parent candidates need to pass. Until the final approval by the Child Commission family assessment will be performed by the social workers from the Regional Centre within a period of three months.
During the process the social workers have conversations with the candidates and with other members of the family, with relatives and friends. In the meantime in the Region of Shoumen 52 foster families take care of 47 children and 33 families are in the process of being evaluated.
The Regional Foster Family Centre at the address: Shoumen, 11 Belasitsa street, telephone for more information - 054/850 777; 054/800 430