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Child in a family

There are situations in life, when parents give life to a child but the others teach the child to live the life.

Every year ca 600 children are separated in Estonia from their families and only hundred of them are reunited with their parents. The others have to either settle in shelters or substitute (children) homes. In the best cases, the child is placed to a new family. Regardless of age, separation from family is always hard for a child. As a rule, a child, who has been separated from his biological family, has experienced several changes, losses and traumas and therefore needs professional help. You cannot blow on a soul wound or put a bandage on it. It is important that everything around the child in a crisis happens in a possibly natural and safe, quick and professional manner.

There are people in Estonia, who wish to help these kids. However real help comes only, when the helper has adequate knowledge and skills, is devoted and sets the interests of the child as priority. In addition to monetary support, foster families and the children living there need several counselling services. Being a foster parent presumes constant learning, skills to notice what is happening to the child and if necessary, courage to ask for help.

It is important that as many as possible of the children grow up in a family and not in an institution. A child must grow up in a safe environment. The main precondition for his development is the existence of parents and a family. At home, a child will develop his self-image – self-awareness and self-esteem. Thanks to the feeling of affiliation, the child learns to trust himself and the others and this in turn creates the foundation to future relations of the child. The people, who take a foster-child into their family, feel comfortable with the fact that they can always get help, if necessary. This is why in 2011 SEB Heategevusfond launched a support system in cooperation with non-profit association Oma Pere, the aim of which is to support helping of children without parental care through foster families.In 2014, the Ministry of Social Affairs funds the development of support services via a public procurement.

Through this support system, we provide assistance to foster homes and children raised in these families by offering different services. Families are provided counselling services in five locations in Estonia (Jõhvi, Haapsalu, Pärnu, Tartu and Tallinn): They can share their experience with a coach, who has personal experience in raising a foster-child, participate in group counselling and training days and if necessary, turn to a professional adviser.

More information about the programme and counselling services can be found from the webpage of MTÜ Oma Pere at www.omapere.ee.

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