Project: "Support System for Latvian foster families, adoptive parents, guardians and host families'
“Support System for Latvian foster families, adoptive parents, guardians and host families”
The project is implemented:
Foundation “Social Service Agency”, financially supported by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism program “NGO Fund” subprogram.
The project aims:
To promote prosperity, Latvian promoting a stable, family-oriented professional care support system and the existence of children left without parental care.
1. Professional support system for the target group, providing care for children left without parental care in a good family environment, support systems for the maintenance of the involvement of local authorities.
2. The training of specialists and a single support program implementation in Latvian regions.
3. 4 mobile support centers in the target group of Kurzeme, Vidzeme and Latgale regions to provide accessible services, including social worker and psychotherapist counseling, support groups, crisis counseling, training according to the needs of families, mentor training, strengthening families, mutual support.
Current events in Kurzeme mobile support center
Social worker Kristine Alčauska informed that a total of 3 months of support provided to 23 families; 18 have been a foster family; 4 guardians of the family, but one host family. K.Alčauska adopt family Kandava, Zemite, Zante and Vane.
Psychologist Andžela Grube advises Tukumā, Kandava, Zante and Vane. A.Grūbe informs that it carried out an assessment of the adoptive parents compliance, provided the foster parents with information on children’s age group characteristics, mental health, mental cognition, along with the foster parents identified and assessed parental resources, taught parents to restore these resources;
Regional Coordinator Margita Grulle informed that the Liepaja project offers a familiar and service receives an average of 38 families within 3 months, including both adoptive parents and guardians and foster families. Advice and answers to questions received by both adults and children. Regular meetings take place from May at Skrunda covered arriving foster families and guardians from both Kuldīga local lakes, Brocēni, Vaiņodes. Family get answers and recommendations specific situations, explanations of the reasons for children’s behavior and personal mount. We offer support for resettlement and case studies of family crisis. Liepaja is more individualized counseling. Special activity showing guardians, because so far they have with their child-rearing problems had to cope on their own.
On 13 October 2014, Liepaja, Klaipeda street 96a-2 of the project “Support System for Latvian foster families, adoptive parents, guardians and host families” program was opened in the region of Kurzeme family support center. The center will provide support services to foster families living in Kurzeme region, guardians, adoptive parents
On 13 October 2014, in Liepaja, the project “Support System for Latvian foster families, adoptive parents, guardians and host families” program held a roundtable discussion on the support system to foster families, guardians, adoptive parents, host families and the establishment of the introduction of Latvian, in conjunction with deinstitutionalization plan 2015-2020. Latvian. Here you can see a glimpse Roundtable: http://www.liepajniekiem.lv/tv-kurzeme/sizeti/diskute-ka-palielinat-audzugimenu-skaitu-151839?utm_source=tvnet.lv&utm_medium=newsbox&utm_campaign=newsbox
On 25 March 2014, Liepaja City Social Services hosted a press conference to present the project “Support System for Latvian foster families, adoptive parents, guardians and host families’ 2012.EEZ / PP / 1 / MAC / 087/040 detection of Kurzeme region.
At a press conference participated 16 participants, representatives of regional press, television, radio, local Orphan’s Court, social service representatives, foster families and guardians.
Project Coordinator Arija Martukāne highlighted the needs of children outside the family in the care and support systems need improvement. The meeting took note of the project team in the Kurzeme region.
During the press conference were discussed support programs providing opportunities for future cooperation between the NGO sector and local governments. At the same time the project manager Kristine Veispale presented the work done by non-governmental organizations promoting the process of deinstitutionalisation and Latvian project’s contribution to the improvement of care.
Current events in Zemgale mobile support center
Zemgales regional coordinator Kristine Ozoliņa informed that by June of active work in the implementation of the project was focused on inter-institutional co-operation, which resulted in concluded cooperation agreements with several municipalities. What is the essential foundation for long-term support services and development.
Implementation of the project has already had several meetings with local government responsible professionals to jointly address the target groups, identify the needs of the target group, as well as plan and provide support to the target group. On the positive side, that supports access to interested families who plans to become a foster families, guardians and host families.
The project professionals (psychologists and social workers) provide individual consultations in person and by telephone. Beneficiaries highly valued the opportunity to get advice after office hours and over the phone, as often these families an opportunity not physically get to the specialist, but there is a problem / difficulty is up to date at that precise moment, not in a few days when there is an opportunity to be a specialist.
Jelgava District foster family welcomes the opportunity to receive individual counseling social worker at the monthly meetings of holiday house “Musicians” because on those occasions foster children are secured their classes to permit unimpeded get a social worker counseling.
To ensure the availability of support for the target group in Zemgale region after the project has created a support center “Pīlārs” in Jelgava. Already are working in collaboration with Jelgava and Auces municipal professionals to plan support services in the years following implementation of the project.
March 27, 2014 in Jelgava district council held a press conference to present the project “Support System Latvian foster families, adoptive parents, guardians and host families’ 2012.EEZ / PP / 1 / MAC / 087/040 in Zemgale detection region.
At a press conference participated 19 members of the press in the region, local Orphan’s Court, social service representatives, foster families, guardians and adoptive parents.
Project Coordinator Arija Martukāne informed about the need to support programs and objectives of the project to promote a stable, family-oriented professional care support system for children who have lost parental care.
Regional Project Coordinator Kristine Ozoliņa introduced the meeting participants with the project design team of Zemgale region. The priority target groups who need support in Zemgale region guardians and adoptive parents, pointed K.Ozoliņa. Zemgale mobile support center aims to involve as much as possible and to encourage guardians and adoptive families.
Specialists jointly agreed that the support program should be ensured in the long term, so this day was also signed a cooperation agreement with the Jelgava municipality.
November 21, 2014 in Jelgava was discovered Zemgales family support center “Pīlārs”. Together with the foundation “Social Service Agency” board representatives Dace Blazevica and Arija Martukane Jelgava Social Affairs and Zemgale planning region representatives were discovered Support Center “Pīlārs” of space in Jelgava, Pasta street 43-107. Formal atmosphere was greeted Support Center Head Kristine Ozoliņa. Come guests, giving flowers to a dose of success and wishes.
Zemgales family support center “Pīlārs” is the foundation “Social Service Agency” regional entity established by the project “Support System Latvian foster families, guardians, adoptive parents and host families” program financed from the EEA Financial Mechanism.
Support Centre “Pīlārs” was created to continue the work begun during the project to develop the kind of care family left without parental care for children, to establish and implement a professional mobile support system for all Zemgales municipalities, under which aid is available for foster families, guardians, host families, adoptive parents and non-parents children left care, in addition to receiving approximated to where they live.
Supports the Centre’s activities in the form: (1) providing professional specialists (psychologists / psychotherapists and social workers) assistance to families when the support is all the more necessary; (2) creating a support group for family support; (3) advising on alternative family care issues for both existing foster families, guardians, adoptive parents and every one who are interested in adoption, guardianship, foster families and host families opportunities; (4) organizing and implementing information activities on alternative family care issues; (5), in cooperation with local governments to build and develop the most appropriate in each local government support system for those families and children left without parental care.
Current events Vidzeme mobile support center
Vidzeme regional coordinator Aija Gulbe informed that the project expands the foster families, adoptive parents and guardians to be provided support. If until now Alūksnes region foster family got together once a month to the state-funded support group, then now have an opportunity to receive regular individual psychological counseling when the customer needs it. Experience has shown that over a long period becomes an assistant psychologist whose advice is sought in every difficult situation. Vidzeme support received for more than 30 persons.
March 21, 2014 in the Vidzeme region Drustu Elementary School held a press conference to present the project “Support System Latvian foster families, adoptive parents, guardians and host families’ 2012.EEZ / PP / 1 / MAC / 087/040 detection Vidzeme region.
At a press conference participated 22 members of the press in the region, local Orphan’s Court, social service representatives, foster families and guardians.
Project Coordinator Arija Martukāne highlighted the needs of children in family care and support systems need improvement. The meeting took note of the project team in the Vidzeme region.
During the meeting, the foster family Foster agreed to support the association “Pūpoli” foundation, which in the future will develop local foster care and support activities organized by the local foster families and children.
Current events Latgale mobile support center
Latgale Regional Coordinator Marija Pupiņa informs that region within the project have been identified 6 target groups in various counties and cities in Latgale: Daugavpils, Daugavpils, Dagda, Kraslava, Aglona and Rezekne.
Target groups receive a professional psychotherapist, psychologist and social worker support, which gives the opportunity to receive information about yourself topical issues.
5 foster families have received certificates and mentors are prepared for this task, which will make it possible to foster care, better quality and longer meet its obligations.
Purpose of the project is presented to the responsible local authorities, staff discussed ways of working together for the sustainability of the project and the potential support centers, cooperation agreements.
March 26, 2014 in Daugavpils held a press konfernce to present the project “Support System for Latvian foster families, adoptive parents, guardians and host families’ 2012.EEZ / PP / 1 / MAC / 087/040 detection of Latgale region.
At a press conference participated 17 participants, representatives of regional press, Daugavpils television, newspaper, local Orphan’s Court, social service representatives, foster families and guardians.
Project Coordinator Arija Martukāne and project manager Kristine Veispale gave an insight into the challenges faced by the guardians, foster families, adoptive parents and host families. Lack of support often leads to the situation that children are repeatedly removed from the family. In order to prevent such cases need support. Support program will enable municipalities to gain new experience and develop services in the future.
At the same time meeting the participants got acquainted with the project team in the Latgale region. Regional Project Coordinator Marija Pupiņa Latgale foster family support association “Muna Sāta” Head informed that the project has already managed to activate the local guardians who have expressed interest in setting up associations.
On 26 September 2014, a seminar was held in Rezekne Latgale region to foster families and guardians’ foster children psychological portrait. To the child’s needs-based “secure based” model of child care. “The seminar was attended by 52 participants. The seminar speakers: Dace Blaževiča psychotherapist and associate Laila Hendzel. The seminar was held by the Society Integration Fund and the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism “2012.EEZ / PP / 1 / MAC / 087/040 support.
On 8 October 2014 in Daugavpils Latgale region to foster families and guardians of a seminar on “The foster parent and a foster mutual relations, discipline, legal aspect”
Latgale foster family support association “MunaSāta” Kurzeme region of foster families association “Esther” Association “CARITAS” Zante foster families Society “Pīlādzītis” Bauska county foster care support center “Spēlmaņi”, a partner in Norway Bufetat
The total amount of the project
109 985.17 EUR
The project is implemented through a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism and the foundation, through co-financing.
The project is financed by the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Latvian state.
More information about the EEA Financial Mechanism program “NGO Fund” can be found here:
EEA Financial Mechanism Latvian website: www.eeagrants.lv
EEA Financial Mechanism official website: www.eeagrants.org
SIF website: www.sif.lv
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