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Professionals in Montenegro successfully completed training of trainers of foster families

PODGORICA, MARCH 11, 2013 - 26 professionals from the Social Work Centres, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, and Children’s Home “Mladost” completed the training of trainers of foster families in Montenegro, in order to contribute that every child in Montenegro grows up in a safe and warm family environment.

The aim of this training is to enable participants to develop training skills, knowledge and confidence, which will help them to better assess potential foster families. Most of the training participants are employees from the Social Work Centres, which are in constant communication with the current and future foster families. The training was held in February and March, 2013.
“In this seminar, the lecturers shared with us their experiences and demonstrated how it works in the region, in order to help us improve our work and intensify work on foster care,” said Marija Popovic, psychologist in the Social Work Centre in Podgorica.


Professionals from the Social Work Centres, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, and Children’s Home “Mladost” during the training of trainers of foster families

The key component of the ongoing child care system reform is the expansion of fostering in Montenegro. The aim is for foster parents and those who adopt a child to continuously receive appropriate support, education and services that will help them provide a loving and supportive family environment, as highlighted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.
“Montenegro has adopted the Strategy on the Development of Foster Care, which promotes advancement of the foster care service, and for that reason we have this training of trainers of foster families. It is very important to support this service, so that foster families for the whole duration of foster care receive continuous support from the social work centres’ professionals,” said Svetlana Sovilj, senior advisor in the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.

Proper training of foster families in terms of their roles, rights and responsibilities is a key element in adequate preparation of these families to meet the needs of children without parental care. In addition, the trainers should further strengthen relationships with the caretakers to maintain the trust, respect and support they need from the child welfare system.
“Today we end a very serious training of trainers of foster families in Montenegro. We have strengthened a number of professionals in Montenegro who can reform the system of social protection, especially protection of children without parental care, and develop foster care,” said Dobrila Grujic, UNICEF consultant.


Professionals from the Social Work Centres, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, and Children’s Home “Mladost” during the training of trainers of foster families

Foster families secure a safe and stimulating environment for children’s development by providing them with adequate care, including health and education, in order to prepare the child for independent living. Also, foster families provide support to children in establishing and maintaining a relationship with the biological families, and preserving their personal and family identity.
''Every child has right to live in a family.  For children who cannot be raised by their own families, an appropriate alternative family environment such as a foster family should be provided. Placing children in institutions should be used only as a temporary measure of last resort,'' said UNICEF Representative Benjamin Perks.

Training of trainers of foster families in Montenegro follows the adoption of the Strategy on the Development of Foster Care in Montenegro (2012–2016). The training is part of the “Social Welfare and Child Care System Reform: Enhancing Social Inclusion” project implemented by the Government of Montenegro with technical assistance of UNICEF and UNDP and with financial support from the European Union in the amount of 3 million euros.

 

 
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