A matter of the heart and love in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

A foster mother describes how nurturing a child is the greatest gift in life.

By Emily Subden
Majmire pushes her foster daughter on a home-made swing in their back garden.

05 July 2018

"Could anything be better than this?" asks Majmire, a mother in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, who describes the life-changing impacts that becoming a foster parent has had on her. Through love, hugs, patience and support, she has transformed the life of a young girl who came to her with physical and mental disabilities, and created a meaningful life for her. "I have been able to nurture and bring up a child, help her to be someone," she says. “Anyone who would like to become a foster parent, first and foremost, should have a heart. Secondly, they must be responsible, and thirdly, know the love that one gives and receives can't be measured!"

UNICEF works on child protection to promote the right of every child to grow up in a nurturing family environment. Where possible we encourage families to stay together but in cases where children must be taken into care, placing a child with a foster family enables them to receive the nurture, love and care they need to thrive.