Presentations from Working Group 2: Family Substitute Services
South East Europe Consultation
Facilitator/Chairperson: Ms. JUDITA REICHENBERG, Regional Advisor, Child Protection, UNICEF CEE/CIS
Working group framework and introduction by the Chairperson. Ms. JUDITA REICHENBERG, Regional Advisor, Child Protection, UNICEF CEE/CIS
Topic I: Parentless and other children without parental care Awareness raising, gate-keeping and quality standards
Ms. TANJA RADOCAJ, Programme Officer, UNICEF Croatia: The importance of family care, and the question of how to change societal attitudes, motivate foster care and ensure adequate funding.
Ms. MARIELA NEAGU, Secretary of State, National Authority for the Protection of Child Rights, Romania: Changing attitudes in favor of family care alternatives; lessons learned from national campaign in Romania
Ms. OSCAR GERMES-CASTRO, Project Coordinator, Quality4Children: Developing standards governing in-care and leaving -care processes in family substitute care; results and methodology of Quality4Children standards
Ms. VESNA BOSNJAK, Senior Expert, ISS International Social Services: Commentary on challenges related to changing mandates, standards and financial resources of residential institutions - before and after transformation.
Topic II: Kinship and foster care
Ms. DARINKA JANKOVA, Director, Child Protection Department, Agency for Social Assistance, Bulgaria: Integrating and supporting the role of kinship families and their partnership with statutory and other support services.
Ms. TANJA RADOCAJ, Programme Officer, UNICEF Croatia and Ms. VOICA POP, Child Protection Officer, UNICEF Romania: Alternative placements for abandoned babies - lessons learnt and remaining challenges.
Ms. ELKA TODOROVA, Advisor, Unit for the Legal Protection of Family and Children, FRY Macedonia: Following up regulatory changes to foster care through capacity building, support networks, monitoring or other support - what challenges remain?
Ms. BLANKA ZIC GRGAT and Ms. ANA BUTKOVIC, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Croatia: A package of initiatives on foster care, with particular regard to support structures and building capacity in specialized foster care.
Ms. MARIA VASSILEVA, Executive Director, “Regions for European Enlargement”: Documentary film on the role of foster families
Topic III: “Out of home” placements in collective settings
Ms. VOICA POP, Child Protection Officer, UNICEF Romania: Temporary settings and children’s best interests – how to ensure coordinated decision-making and adequate follow-up.
Ms. EMILIA STANCHEVA, Deputy Mayor, Shoumen Municipality, Bulgaria: Downsizing big residential institutions and articulating them with community-based services – issues and challenges before and after transformation.
Ms. VESNA BOSNJAK, Senior Expert, ISS International Social Services: Limiting the use of residential care through regulation – availability of funding for family care and prevention of unnecessary or inappropriate residential care placements.
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