National meeting for discussion of the advance in foster care
On February 10th and 11th, 2011 in Hotel "Rodina" in Sofia was held a National Work Meeting for discussion of the progress of the project "Development of the model of foster care in Bulgaria".
The project is implemented with the help of UNICEF together with Association Social Activities and Practices, Foundation International Social Service - Bulgaria and Association Samariani. Within the framework of the project nine regional centres for foster care have been created in the following regions of the country: Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo, Stara Zagora, Pernik, Smolian, Sofia, Targovishte and Shumen. The meeting was opened by Mrs Tania Radochai, representative of UNICEF in Bulgaria who stressed on the importance of the development of foster care in Bulgaria and wished success to all participants in this process. At the meeting were present representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the State Agency for Child Protection, the Social Support Agency, the Child Protection Units from the towns where Regional Foster Care Centres were established, as well as the teams from the nine Centres. The following topics were discussed: development of children in foster care and means of support, work and relationship with the biological family of a child in foster care, ways to support foster parents, similarities and differences between foster care and adoption. The participants had the chance to share experience and emerging good practices, as well as to synchronize the work of the nine Regional Foster Care Centres.