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The news website, Dnevnik, reported that prolonged isolation due to COVID restrictions, and the economic consequences the pandemic has had for families has created various typ
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Every year, about 200 young people leave family-type accommodation centers and specialized institutions where most have spent their entire childhood. Unfortunately, they are usually unprepared for life beyond alternative care.
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Medway’s children’s services team provides assistance for looked-after teenagers over the age of 16 who are still in need of help.
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In 2020, the pandemic had significantly changed the life for citizens across the UK. The lockdown that was announced by the Prime Minister on the 23rd March 2020, by similar instructions in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
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Eurochild & the CarePath project to convene an online conference on aftercare for care leavers: “Aftercare for Care Leavers: Learning lessons from across Europe”
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Blagoevgrad Radio (BNR) shared a report, "The Road After Home", concerning deinstitutionalization in Bulgaria and the fate of young people that have reached the age of 18. Nearly 5,000 children in Bulgaria live outside the home of their biological parents.
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Hope and Homes for Children - Bulgaria shared a touching story about the reunion of a mother (Asya) with her children again, after they were forcibly taken to an institution.
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According to the research of Amanda Sacker, Professor of Lifecourse Studies at University College London, adults with care-experiences, are 70% more likely to die earlier.
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According to a new research by CASCADE at Cardiff University for What Works for Children's Social Care (WWCSC), young people, who either in care or care experienced at 13 or 14 years old had significantly lower expectations of attending higher education than their peers.
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Future in the Future Tense is a short film made within the "FID: To fulfil the (im)possible dreams" project, with the financial support of the European Union's Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020).
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Students get into university through litres of sweets and sleepless nights, however, some of the students are dropping soon after the first term. Excess stress and mental un-stability during university life are pushing them to take this drastic decision.
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#CareDay20 A Care Day initiative launched by a coalition of children’s rights charities in 2016 is celebrating its fifth year with a "Reimagining" theme.
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The Bulgarian NOVA television shared the story of Galina Ryom-Røjbek, who is a world unicycle champion and through the idea of "social circus" inspires children to believe in themselves.
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Children in care and care-leavers need to be explained the reasons why they are in care as it has a direct influence on their wellbeing, according to Bright Spots Research Programme, a partnership between Coram Voice and the University of Oxford.
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A movie about young people who came out, or, are in the process of preparing to leave the residential care.
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The Know-How Centre for the Alternative Care for Children, New Bulgarian University, shared a webinar organized under the 'Fulfilling (Im)Possible Dreams' project and the Child Protection Network, which was held in November, 2019.
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About the webinar: This webinar is designed for professionals involved in care for children at risk and is connected to the child care process management. Webinar goals:
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It is much harder for young adults who grew up in social care to start an independent life than those  who grew up supported by their family. Children raised in social care not only have lower levels of education, but they are more vulnerable and unstable.
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We are sharing this video material with interviews conducted at last month's International Conference Deinstitutionalization of Childcare: Investing in Change. In the video, Professor Nathan Fox, Professor Charles Nelson III and Dr.
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Bright Light, a programme developed by the UK-based The Children's Society, in partnership with Catch22 charity, offers apprenticeship and employment opportunities to young people aged between 16 and 25 that are leaving the care system.
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Balkan Insight reported on Disability Rights International's (DRI) critique of the lack of significant change in the ways in which children with disabilities are cared for, despite the rec
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The Know-How Centre for Alternative Care for Children shared these 2 videos from the International Conference "Deinstitutionalization of Childcare: Investing in Change" which was held between 5th - 8th November 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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The webinar aims at presenting the experience of the Olga Stoyanova Orphanage in Dupnitsa, Bulgaria, in working with young people who are about to leave the service.
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The Bulgarian National Radio shared their interview with Radostina Antonova from the Know-How Center for Alternative Care for Children at NBU, discussing the process of deinstitutionalization in Bulgaria, the foundation of family-type homes for abandoned children, as well as reducing the number o
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Bulgaria ON AIR shared a video interview with Evgeniya Toneva from the Center for the Alternative Care for Children at NBU.
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We are sharing this interview in Bulgarian with Georgi Dimitrov, author of "Да докоснеш мечтата" (Touching the Dream) and founder of the dance group "Петлите" (The Roosters), which discusses the effect of institution
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In a Marie Claire interview, 20-year-old Rahel, living in state care, talks about what motivated her to continue her education and the challenges she had faces in her everyday life. Rahel is pursuing her fifth semester in Chemical Engineering at BME.
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Nova Television (Bulgaria) told the story of Vesko, who spent four years in a special-needs school without any mental disabilitiy and yet has escaped the trap of marginalization. You can see Vesko's full story in the shared video clip in Bulgarian.
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The Terre des hommes Romania organized round table, Inter-Institutional Collaboration Practices for Assisting Vulnerable Minors, gathere
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Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion (FSCI Bulgaria) shared this video from channel bTV's "We Believe in Good".
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An Alpha Research study conducted in ten municipalities with institutions for children highlighted the worrying Bulgarian bias against children from social instituti
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Prepare for Leaving Care a two-year project co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union (2017-2018), aimed to ensure that the rights of young people in alternative care are respected and that they are prepared for an independent life.
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We are presenting this report (in Bulgarian) created by the Know-How Center for the Alternative Care for Children, NBU, entitled "The Process of Deinstitutionalization From a First-Person Point of View".
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A workshop was held dedicated to the Family Group Conferences method from the 7th until the 9th March in Leeds, England.
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The next online webinar in Albanian is dedicated to alternative care in Albania, a topic particularly important for professionals in the social field, and specifically those involved with in child protection.
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The next online webinar in Albanian is dedicated to alternative care in Albania, a topic particularly important for professionals in the social field, and specifically those involved with in child protection.
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More than 40 representatives of regional, municipal, district structures and social service providers took part in a regional round table of Hope and Homes for Children – Bulgaria, which took place on the 19th and 20thSeptember and was titled “DDICM in the role of the good parent”.
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The seminar which took place in Paris on 12 - 13 June 2017 with support from the European Expert Group on th
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During June, European countries are campaigning for children whose parents are in prison, with the aim of raising awareness of the specific conditions and circumstances in which these children are growing up, "Not my crime, still my sentence".
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The Home Opportunity Program of the "Social Change and Inclusion Foundation" creates the opportunity for young people who leave social institutions to live in a family-like home until they find their way, finish with their education and start work.
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Within the project "Strong Youth: Social Inclusion and Economic Sustainability of Youth at Risk", implemented by NALED (National Alliance for Local Economic Developm
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A group of five young people from social welfare institutions and foster care in Serbia, represented their country at youth camp held in the framework of the 33rd FICE Congress and 2nd CYC World Conference “Together towards a better world for children, adolescents and families.”
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The publication is part of SOS Children's villages project, to trz and identifz and assess measures to support the social and professional integration of young people from disadvantaged groups, namely those from rural areas and within the child protection system.
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In March 2016 there is a new practice in child protection to be launched in Lovech, Bulgaria.
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The blog 'Abcúg' writes about the fate of children taken into temporary care. While a decision on permanent placement or reintegration should be made within a month, these decisions are delayed and children are often in limbo for years.
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The Round Table discussions about youth from alternative care addressed particular key issues that have to do with the educational obstacles and challenges facing these youths and how it significantly affects their opportunities for employment and the quality of their work once they’ve reached ad
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‘Belfast Telegraph’ reports on children’s commissioner for England proposal to allow children in care to receive support until they turn 25. Currently in England, children are supposed to leave their residential care home when they turn 18, and their foster care home after turning 21.
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10 April 2015, the City of Zagreb Tribune, Kaptol 27, Croatia Round table "Improving the policy of social housing for young people in alternative care"   Conclusions
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'Abcúg' published a detailed interview with Ms. Lena Szilvasi, program development director of SOS Children's Village about the current challenges of Hungarian child protection.
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In this short film Claire Cody presents the findings from an inter-agency research project on reintegration of separated children – arguing that reintegration is about overall well-being rather than simply rescue and return.
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Out of an estimated 8 million children living in institutions across the world, more than 80% are not orphans. Donating to support such institutions fuels the orphanage industry, places more children at risk and tears families apart.
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Social Work by the Laws of the Family System (RCMD in the Role of the "Good Adult") is an intriguing read published by Hope and Homes for Children - Bulgaria. The book focuses on the ideas on which the NGO Hope and Homes for Children - Bulgaria was founded, as well as the work of Bert Hellinger.
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We provide you with this material prepared by Hope and Homes for Children, which presents the ACTIVE Family Support Model.
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An interactive course that explores the many ways that family child care providers and all caregivers can ensure high-quality care in their setting.