Every child has a right to a family
According to the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Ukraine is committed to ensure the development of family-type care for children deprived of parental care and the prevention of the social orphanage through support to the families with children in difficult situations. Everyone knows that the family creates the most favourable environment for the development of a child. The early interference in the crises of a family and support to different types of family care for children allow to reduce the number of social orphans (children who do not live with their families but have at least one of the parents) through shifting the accent from the development of the child care institutions and internats to the support of relatives’ or foster families. UNICEF Ukraine supports the chain of the projects aimed at developing and piloting the new approaches to support the families. One of them is the pilot project in Khmelnytsky oblast co-funded by European Union and UNICEF.
The project is aimed at completing the following tasks: (1) reintegration of children deprived of parental care into their families, it will be determined whether reintegration is possible into relatives’ families; (2) where foster care, family type children’s home or adoption are the best solutions, potential foster or adoptive families will be recruited and trained; (3) prevention of early child abandonment, social work in communities will be pursued, concerned to identify families with problems so as to provide support before the problems become unmanageable.