Center for Youth Integration – two beneficiaries of Drop in Shelter, unsolved residence status

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Description of the case:

Two sisters, both of them are minors (M.S. and M.S.), are beneficiaries of Drop in Shelter for street involved children in municipality New Belgrade since October 2014. They live in an informal settlement, in the eight-member family. Father of these girls was serving a prison sentence until February 2016, after that he lived with them for a short period of time, and then moved to Germany. Their mother passed away five years ago. Girl’s grandmother and their aunt are taking care of them. Aunt is registered beneficiary in the City Center for Social Work, New Belgrade Department together with her children and she is receiving Social Assistance and using Soup Kitchen. Two sisters and their grandmother are not registered at the Social Welfare Centre because they have not residence in Belgrade – both grandmother and father has residence in Novi Sad. For this reason, they cannot exercise the right to financial social assistance, child benefit and the Soup Kitchen in Belgrade. Due to their difficult financial situation and poverty, sisters collect recyclable materials in order to survive.
Despite all these difficulties, girls are involved in the education system and attend the second class of primary school. They are also coming to the Drop in Shelter regularly and they are highly motivated to meet all their school tasks. Grandmother is regularly informed about their progress and she supports them.

 

 

Date and time for case discussion: 
24 Nov 2016 - 10:00am
Learning points: 
  • Continue to support and work with children in Drop in Shelter
  • Continued support of children’s grandmother
  • Regular communication with the Center for Social Work – both in New Belgrade and Novi Sad
  • Investigate the possibility of residence on the territory of Belgrade
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