Imagine growing up without a person who dedicates their love, care and protection. When the care of a family is removed, it is heart-breaking for the child and can be damaging for their growth and development. A large institution, like orphanages or children’s home, can never replace the love and support provided in a family environment. That’s why UNICEF is helping the government to end the placement of children in large institutions and to transform institutions to support community based family like alternatives.
One of the alternatives for children who cannot grow up in a family, is a small group home, like the one in Berovo. For the past nine years, it’s provided children a safe and caring family like environment and serves as a model for community based alternatives to care in a large-scale institution.
How does the Small Group Home in Berovo replicate family life? To start, the Small Group Home in Berovo is a regular house in a neighbour where other families live. And like other families, it’s a home were a small number of children, live together with the twenty-four-hour care and support of carers.