14 January 2022

"They are all my own children"

After the divorce, Valentina was left alone with an unfinished house and three children. It did not beat her to her knees though, the woman has become a foster parent. During the last 12 years, 31 children lived both at her home and in her heart. Svetlana first worked as a postwoman, then she was offered "a job for good mothers" at the social and…, Information, About 6,000 boys and girls live in residential institutions in Belarus. About 500 of them are children under 4 who live in children's homes (2019 statistics, Belstat – ed.). The most favorable period for a child's development is until the age of 3. Every day spent without warm hugs, caring hands and loving eyes of mom and dad, creates a 1-month-…, Why do we need foster parenting?, Svetlana Ovsyannikova's husband died 8 years ago. She was left alone with three children. When Svetlana got a job as a postwoman, she was very worried that her kids stayed alone at home: "I wanted to leave everything I was doing and run to them, but I also needed to earn money." It was a lucky coincidence that Svetlana delivered letters also to a…, About stereotypes and "scary stories", It is no secret that many people do not even dare to think about adoption, because they are afraid of other people's genes and how unpredictable they can be. "Our adopted children – Polina, Dasha, Misha and Matvey – are all relatives, meaning they have the same mother. But each child is a completely different person," says Dmitry, while his wife…, How do you know if it will work out or not?, "I have a criterion: if I can come up to a child and clean his/her nose, and I am not disgusted, then I can be his/her mother," adds Valentina. "There was a mother once who was getting ready to adopt. I jokingly shared my "method" with her. I didn't hear from her for a couple of weeks after that. And then she texted me: "I have realized that I can…, About difficulties, As an adoptive parent you need to understand that the adopted child might not shout out "mom, dad!" joyfully right away. The child has every right not to live up to your expectations, not to become what you want them to be. And that's why it is important for you as a parent to allow your son or daughter, be it your foster, adopted, or biological…, About the joy of foster parenting, Foster parents and adoptive parents with great warmth and tenderness recall how they first heard the long-awaited "mom" addressed to them, how the formal "uncle" was replaced by "dad". "For me, a professional burnout means a situation when there are few children at my home or they all grow up," says Valentina, who is currently raising 14 children…