Rambo Amadeus Promotes Fostering in Herceg Novi and Kotor

Every child needs a family

UNICEF Montenegro
UNICEF Montenegro National Goodwill Ambassador Antonije Pušić speaking about fostering
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2015

10 November 2015

HERCEG NOVI/KOTOR, November 10, 2015 - Within the follow-up to the Every Child Needs a Family campaign conducted by the Government of Montenegro in partnership with UNICEF and the EU, Centres for Social Work in Kotor and Herceg Novi organized open days dedicated to fostering.

Natasa Acimovic, mayor of Herceg Novi, said that this campaign allows the social welfare systems to be well organized and to work well later. It also allows those families who want to foster children to prepare well and become ready for such a step, she added.

Children need love to survive, thrive and develop. For a child to be abandoned by or separated from his or her parents in the first days of childhood is a heartbreaking and deeply traumatic experience.

Director of the Center for Social Work in Kotor, Vasilije Todorovic, underlined that within a foster family, a child grows, develops and lives in an environment quite similar to the one of a biological family. 

Young ballet dancers performing a choreography made by Viktorija Strugar on the song from the new TV commercial on fostering
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2015
Young ballet dancers performing a choreography made by Viktorija Strugar on the song from the new TV commercial on fostering

While promoting the right of the child to live in a loving family environment, UNICEF and Montenegrin authorities emphasized their commitment to completely abandon placement of children under three in institutions.

"UNICEF calls on all the partners and citizens to join efforts so that, in future, we can proudly say that Montenegro is the first country in the region where every child has a family,” Ana Zec, UNICEF Programme Specialist, said.

Famous musician Antonije Pusic, alias Rambo Amadeus, who is UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador in Montenegro, invited citizens to become foster parents.

Accepting children into foster care is not on its own a noble act, but these children, actually, in their feedback and relationship with us, will make us become nobler. As every child needs a family, I think that also every family needs a child.

Antonije Pusic alias Rambo Amadeus, UNICEF Montenegro National Goodwill Ambassador

Experiences shared by foster parents confirm that fostering enriches the life of every family and child, as well as the life of the wider community, while it helps parents who, temporarily, cannot take care of their children.

“Please, don’t be judgmental, but full of respect and understanding for all those who had to decide not to be with their children", foster parent Jelena Djonovic said in Herceg Novi. "Most likely, they could not do otherwise, or were not capable, or didn’t know how to avoid having to make such a decision."

Montenegrin actors Maja Stojanović and Slavko Kalezić in the art performance about fostering made by Sanja Garić
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2015
Montenegrin actors Maja Stojanović and Slavko Kalezić in the art performance about fostering made by Sanja Garić

A call for citizens to become foster parents was sent through drama and dance performance 'I am Hope' by Sanja Garic, performed by famous Montenegrin actors Slavko Kalezic and Maja Stojanovic, as well as through the choreography prepared by Viktorija Strugar on the song from the campaign new TV commercial. 

“Many children are in institutions and all of them deserve to live in a family.  These children are not at all responsible for the misfortune that happened to the people who gave them birth. Many people can provide them with much more (than an institution): more love, more attention, more support, advice, consolation... Many of us can do this, can’t we? Look around and see how many children there are who need you. Maybe you personally are someone’s hope," said actor Slavko Kalezic, while playing his role of a child who was raised in a foster family.

Studies conducted during the last 50 years show that placing young children in institutions exposes them to the risk of expriencing developmental delay. Not even the best institution can provide the love and care that a child receives in the family environment.