Ukraine, thousands of people trained to receive children separated from families

Thanks to a campaign by UNICEF and its partners, more than a thousand Ukrainian families have been trained in how to welcome children without parental care. They are among the more than 21,000 people who have used Telegram bot @dytyna_ne_sama_bot offered to host the children since the start of the “Do not leave the child alone” campaign in March, while other families begin training in July.

The selected families met with psychologists, teachers and specialists working in the social sector to learn the tools to support adaptation, reception methods and education of children who are temporarily accepted.

Millions of children have been deeply affected by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, many of whom have been separated from their families and exposed to deeply traumatic events. These children have an urgent need for safety, stability, child protection services and psychosocial support, especially those who are unaccompanied or who have been separated from their families.

The countryside”Leave no child alone“was launched from Commissioner of Ukraine’s President for Children’s Rights and rehabilitation of children, from the Office of the President of Ukraine, together with UNICEF and al Ministry of Social Policy.

This huge number of people who are willing to give a child hospitality is really impressive“, he claims Daria Herasimchuk, Commissioner for Ukraine’s President of Children’s Rights and Rehabilitation of Children. “It is an important step towards public understanding that a child should grow up in a family, not in an institution. I would like to thank all those who have expressed a desire to host a child, and for those who have not yet been called, I would like to ask for patience“.

Childcare services throughout Ukraine have access to an overview of families and will contact them when needed temporarily welcome a child. Among these are over 90,000 children who were entrusted with institutional education before the war.

As a result of the first part of formed families, six families have already provided a temporary home for the children. Each child is assigned a social worker to ensure the child’s well-being and to provide support and counseling to families.

When children grow up outside of a family environment, their chances of developing their potential to the fullest diminish“, he claims Murat Shakhin, Head of UNICEF Ukraine. “We are committed to intensifying the efforts of partners, increasing the number of educated families and foster families who can raise children in their homes or with their families, and looking after their interests under the direct and constant supervision of social workers throughout Ukraine. Our vision is to leave no child alone, and to form the first 1,000 families is a major step towards a family environment for every child in Ukraine.“.

Under the conditions of temporary residence, a child can live with a foster family until the end of the court-martial, or until parents or relatives have been found. If the child has no relatives, the family providing the temporary accommodation is entitled to adoption or guardianship.

As part of the campaign “Leave no child alone“, a website was launched with the aim of preventing violations of children’s rights. The site provides information on how to support children without parental care, guidance on temporary housing, and how to deal with psychological trauma. It also explains procedures for adoption and temporary reception. , explains the legal framework for the protection of children’s rights and provides advice to psychologists and journalists dealing with this topic in the media.

UNICEF worked with the Ukrainian government and partners to develop and promote family care for children as part of actions to reduce the number of children in institutions which, even before the war, were the highest in Europe.

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