Social Activities and Practice Institute
Information meeting on foster care in Botevgrad
The team of the Social Activities and Practices Institute /SAPI/ from the Regional Foster Care Centre /RFCC/-Sofia held an information meeting on the topic "Foster Care" on 27.08.2010 in Botevgrad. Twenty-two people participated in the meeting, among them: workers from the Home for Children Deprived of Parental Care "Nadezhda" in the village of Gurkovo, representatives from kindergarten and schools in the Municipality of Botevgrad, officers from the municipal administration and other interested citizens. The specifics and the essence of the foster care service were presented at the meeting, the difficulties that foster families meet were discussed, as well as the support they receive. Shown was the film "Unconditional Love" that stirred a heated discussion among the participants. After the end of the meeting the experts from the RFCC answered questions regarding the requirements and the stages that have to be passed by a family before it is confirmed as a foster care family.
A campaign on prevention of dropping put from school starts in Pazardjik
A campaign on prevention of dropping out from school was organized by the Complex for Social Services to Children and Families in Pazardjik and started on 23.08.2010. It was initiated with mobile social work in the Roma neighbourhood in the village of Dragor, which is one of the regions in the municipality of Pazardjik with an identified risk for children in school age to drop out. The next event of the campaign was the work meeting that took part on 24.082010 between the institutions working on the prevention of school drop outs and prevention of violence against and between children on the territory of the municipality of Pazardjik. At the meeting were discussed joined activities between the institutions for this current campaign and for the forthcoming campaign on prevention of violence against and between children. Discussed with the representative of the Regional Education Inspectorate in Pazardjik were the opportunities for the CSSCF in Pazardjik to receive accurate figures with the children that dropped out from the education system in 2009, with the children that never registered at first grade in this year and children from risk regions that never entered pre-school on the territory of the municipality. Based on these figures, the Complex will be able to embark on mobile social work with the aim of motivating parents to register their children for school, informing parents, and even accompanying children to the educational institutions. It was also agreed that the Complex will prepare timetables of the information meetings that will take place and will provide these timetables to schools in the municipality so that the schools can then share which meetings could be held with their students. The topics of the information meetings that will be organized by the CSSCF in Pazardjik are: Traffic Narcotic substances Sexually transmitted diseases and contraception Aggression/violence Hard forms of child labour
Foster Care Information in the Labour Bureaus
The cooperation between the Regional Foster Care Centre in Sofia and the Labour Bureaus continues.Every day between 10 a.m. and 12 a.m. a representative from RCFC delivers information regarding the professional foster care. Unemployed persons can consult our representative every Monday in the Labour Bureau - Vazrajdane, every Tuesday - LB - Iztok, and every Friday - LB - Serdika.
Meetings on Foster Care in Dragoman
On 16.08.2010 a work meeting between representatives of the Regional Foster Care Centre -Sofia, representatives from the Child Protection Unit, and the Mayor of Dragoman - Mrs. Sonia Doncheva was held. Discussed was the strategy for providing information to the municipality regarding the voluntary and professional foster care. Mrs. Doncheva expressed her willingness to cooperate and suggested that information materials be distributed on August 28th which is the official town holiday. Up to date, there are two voluntary foster families in Dragoman.
Information meeting on foster care in the village of Vakarel
On 10.08.2010 in the village of Vakarel the team of the Regional Foster Care Centre informed unemployed persons that are actively seeking employment about the possibility to become foster parents. With the cooperation of the mayor of the village Mr. Zashev an information meeting was scheduled that will take place on 14.09.2010 at 11:30 a.m. in the building of the village council. Advertisement materials are being spread among the residents of the village.
Information campaign in the town of Samokov
On 11.08.2010 in the town of Samokov representatives from the Regional Foster Care Centre, part of the Social Activities and Practices Institute /SAPI/, together with representatives of the Child Protection Unit held a campaign for the distribution of advertisement materials and flyers regarding foster care. The materials were distributed in front of the supermarket "Billa". During the town celebrations on 20.08.2010 at 6 p.m. in the bulding "Sarafovata Kashta" will be distributed advertisement materials with information about the forthcoming information meeting on foster care that will take place on 24.08.2010 in the town hall of Samokov.
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