The objective is to make sure that approximately 400 orphaned children are adopted or fostered in Dnipropetrovsk region every year.
Oleksandr Vilkul, the Head of the Regional State Administration, announced this news at the presentation of the Family for a Child Project Concept for Foster Care Promotion and Family Building.
The presentation was also attended by Dmytro Tabachnyk, the Minister of Education and Science, Youth and Sport; Yuriy Pavlenko, the Authorized Representative of the President of Ukraine in charge of children’s rights; Yevhen Udod, the Head of the Regional Council, and others.
“I have set the task for my team to create the necessary conditions for about 20% or 400 orphaned children living in the region’s orphanages to be adopted by families or accepted to the family-type children’s homes every year. I am positive that we can fulfill this task with the joint efforts of the regional authorities, socially responsible businesses and people’s deputies”, says Oleksandr Vilkul.
The Family for a Child concept was developed at the governor’s initiative jointly with Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine. The project provides assistance to poor families helping them not to lose their children so that children could live with their parents. This project also helps the children currently living in the orphanages to return to their families. Besides, the Concept provides for establishment of the family-type children’s homes and promotes adoption of the orphaned children by the citizens of Ukraine.
“The success of such a large-scale and important program is driven by many factors, and the main thing is that it is an answer to the children’s particular needs. Although the orphanage system provides the orphaned children and children deprived of parental care with food and a place to live, it does not cater to their other basic needs: safety, the right to a decent future, and, which is most important, love and care of their parents. Our task is to give them that”, says Anatoliy Zabolotny, Director of Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine.
The Training Centre has been set up in the region to ensure quality training and support of foster families and family-type children’s homes. Its task is to prepare and support the people willing to adopt or foster a child.
Besides, the region launches the Deputies for Welfare of Families social program within the framework of the Family for a Child Concept. The deputies and activists of the Party of the Regions are going to take care of difficult families. The party members, in their turn, are going to provide assistance to the respective departments of the State Children’s Service.
“Effective policy of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has dramatically changed Ukraine’s attitude to orphanhood. The President’s objective is to realize the right of each orphaned child or each child deprived of parental care to grow up in a family. Dnipropetrovsk region was one of the first in Ukraine to develop and implement such a regional project”, says Oleksandr Vilkul, the Head of the Regional State Administration.
As we reported before, the Regional State Administration and Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine signed a Memorandum on 28 May 2011. This document provides for the implementation of the Foster Care Promotion and Family Building project in the region to prevent social orphanhood.
Family-type children’s home is a family set up by a married couple or an unmarried person to foster at least 5 orphaned children or children deprived of parental care. The total number of children in a family-type children’s home must not exceed 10, including the parents’ own children.
Foster family is a family that willingly fostered one to four orphaned children or children deprived of parental care.
Press Release, 30.08.2011
Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine