Employees of the Home for infants "Majcin Dom" Bitola are getting prepared for complete transformation of the institution. They are currently attending a two-day workshop to prepare for the upcoming changes which are part of the shift from institutional care to community based services for infants and children without parental care.
With the process of deinstitutionalisation in “Majcin dom" Bitola the number of children living in this institution decreased by two thirds. The goal of our Ministry is to find a warm home for every child. At the same time, we work on ensuring that quality services at the local level are in place to support foster families, biological parents and children. The total number of children placed in institutions has decreased by 75%, and our main effort is to take all children out of the large impersonal institutions. With the opening of small group homes and the establishment of a quality base of foster families, children are no longer accommodated in large institutions.
The training that started today includes development and improvement of mutual communication and understanding, strengthening of team spirit and improved adaptation mechanisms to new work environments. It is organised by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, with the support from UNICEF and the British Embassy.
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