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
Forum for the fifth birthday of the Complex in Shoumen
The quality of social services was the topic that unified specialists from the whole country. In the discussion took part partners from the Municipality of Shoumen and the Regional Authorities, the deputy head of the SACS Kalin Kamenov,
representatives of the state and of non-government organizations as well as users of social services in the Complex in Shoumen.
Five years the Social Activities and Practices Institute works for the provision of social services in support of children and families from Shoumen. "We are very happy and excited about this meeting with which we celebrate five years from the opening of the Complex for social services to children and families in Shoumen. I think that the the figures are indicative of what we have been able to accomplish with our work. Here, there are representatives of various institutions related to child protection - schools, court, prosecution, police and the municipality of Shoumen. For us this is an important factor that demonstrates that we have managed to develop good partnerships", shared associate professor Neli Petrova-Dimitrova - Chairperson of the Management Board of Association SAPI.
"We worked for the development and extension of the network of partners and organizations on local and national levels, as well as for the provocation of the local community to express a clearir public opinion and non-tolerance for the problems of the children", remarked the Director of the Complex Veneta Gospodinova. For five years the team of social workers and psychologists in the Complex has supported a total of 2440 children and parents from the region, point the data from the analysis. The Emergency Accommodation Centre has been visited by 221 maltreated children and 27 mothers, victims of violence.
The Complex in Shumen is Five Years Old
On the 5th and 6th of October in celebration of five years since the Complex for social services for children and families in Shumen started the Municipality of Shoumen and SAPI organize a work meeting on the topic: "The Quality of Social Work Seen Through the Experience of the CSSCF Shumen".
Participants in the meeting will be representatives from the Municipality of Shumen, the Social Support Agency, SACS, the National Justice Institute, UNICEF, non-government organizations working in the social sphere, members of the teams of the Complex from the pilot municipalities.
THE COMPLEX FOR SOCIAL SERVICES TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN SHUMEN IS FIVE YEARS OLD
"Quality of the social services"
October 5th - Hotel Shumen, "Forum" Hall
October 6th - CSSCF Shumen - 19 Dimitar Blagoev Street and the Regional Foster Care Centre - 11 Belasica Street
13:30 – 14.00 Registration
14.00 – 14.30 Opening and welcoming speech by Mr. Krasimir Kostov - Mayor of the Municipality of Shumen, Mr. Dimitar Aleksandrov - Regional Administrator, and Associate Professor Nelly Petrova-Dimitrova - chairperson of the SC of SAPI
14.30 – 15.30 Presentation: "The Quality of Social Work Seen Through the Experience of the CSSCF Shumen"
15.30 – 16.00 Cofee break
Press conference with journalists
16.00 - 17.30 Discussion (on topics proposed by the participants)
17.30 - 18.00 Review and closing of the day by representatives from the Social Support Agency and the State Agency for Child Protection
9.00 – 10.00 Visit of the Complex for social services to children and families
10.00 – 12.00 Workshops ·
- Services for prevention of child violence
Venue: Conference room in the CSSCF Shumen, 10 Dimitar Blagoev Street ·
- Services for prevention of child abandonment – Foster care
Venue: RFCC, Shumen, 11 Belasica Street
12.00 Organized sightseeing for those interested in the historical monuments of Shumen. Departure.
Foster Care Information Campaign in the CSSCF-Vidin
Foster Care Campaign in the CSSCF-Vidin
On 29.09.2011 Petya Petrova - Director of the CSSCF - Vidin, Borislav Mikov and Mariana Ivanova - social workers in the CSSCF-Vidin carried out an information meeting with institutions and citizens of Dimovo, regarding issues related to Foster Care.
Petya Petrova and Mariana Ivanova presented the service foster care, the application requirements for foster parents, as well as the essence of being a foster parent.
About 30 representatives of local institutions participated in the meeting, among them the Social Support Directorate, the Child Protection Unit, the Municipality of Dimovo, schools and representatives of the Centre for Family Accommodation - the village of Izvor, the Municipality of Dimovo. Participant in the meeting was also a foster mother from the village of Rakovitsa, the Municipality of Dimovo that currently takes care of a child with disability.
The information meeting was part of the Regional Foster Care Campaign of the CSSCF - Vidin, planned to be implemented in the period July 11th - October 11th, 2011.