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Family Outreach Workers

Collaboration with Unicef and Ministry of Social Services

The Republic of Serbia has recognized the importance of family in a child’s life, and has made a strong commitment to prioritize family-based solutions for all children in need of care. Research clearly shows the negative impacts of institutionalization on a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development. Institutions lack the key ingredients that help children grow into content, responsible, and caring adults; namely, love and stability.

Particularly during a child’s early, formative years, it is essential that whenever possible, a child remains with family members rather than institutionalized should a situation arise where they are no longer able to stay in their immediate homes.

Considering such evidence, Serbia introduced a ban on the placement of children below three years of age in residential care (unless in exceptional circumstances).

The NDF is working closely with UNICEF and the Ministry of Social Politics of Republic of Serbia to implement strategies and programs to help children stay out of institutions.

The budget is $250,000 per year for three years.

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Our Approach

Our approach has been multi-faceted. We have identified key areas on which to focus:

Finding ways to recognize families in need before a crisis-situation and intervening when necessary.

Piloting programs to help new mothers including stable long-term care for mother and baby and help with employment and day-care as needed.

Strengthening the Serbian foster system so that children without direct family who are able to take them in can avoid institutionalization and stay in a safe, familiar environment until they are able to either return to their birth-families or be adopted.

Achievements

Finding ways to recognize families in need before a crisis-situation and intervening when necessary.

Piloting programs to help new mothers including stable long-term care for mother and baby and help with employment and day-care as needed.

Strengthening the Serbian foster system so that children without direct family who are able to take them in can avoid institutionalization and stay in a safe, familiar environment until they are able to either return to their birth-families or be adopted.

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Help us as we continue to keep children out of institutions and in safe, stable care. We believe that with enough help, children everywhere will never know what it is to be without security and love.

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