At the end of 2015, the community social worker from a village of Calarasi district has identified and referred the case of a sister (Elena*, born 2014) and brother (Ionut*, born 2007), following the death of their maternal grandfather.
The children were identified at risk (imminent danger to their life and health), because their parents had left them in the care of their maternal grandparents. Parents’ whereabouts are not known. The two children were identified in winter, being without clothes, food and heating and were in the care of the maternal grandmother who has serious health problems (bedridden).
Following the assessment of the children’s situation, there was identified the mother’s brother, who lives in the neighboring district (Ungheni). He declined to take care of children, because he has to support his own children and his financial situation does not allow him to care for two other children.
The local guardianship authority has taken urgent measures to protect the children, namely they were urgently placed in foster care.
During the meeting, the action plan which has been drawn up by the multidisciplinary team and the actions taken so far will be presented, subsequently leaving space for discussions on lessons learnt, good practices and for any questions/suggestions from the participants.
The case discussion will take place offline on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, with the participation of the members of the multidisciplinary team, child protection professionals from district level and Childhub resource persons.
Case manager: Tatiana Luca, Community Social Assistant, Department of Social Assistance Social, and Family and Child Protection, Calarasi District.
Supervisor: Daniela Lozovan, Head of the Community Social Assistance Service within the Department of Social Sssistance Social, and Family and Child Protection, Calarasi District;
The social worker and the multidisciplinary team have focused on the children’s welfare. Consequently, the following measures were put in place, according to the child welfare indicators:
- Safety: Both children were immediately placed in the care of the Professional Parental Assistance Service, where they can benefit from good living conditions and everything else needed for a healthy development.
- Inclusion: Ionut was transferred to another school; he is attending extra-curricular activities, such as football and volleyball. Elena was enrolled in kindergarten.
- Involvement: The children are joining family and community events. In their free-time they communicate with their peers, they watch TV. At kindergarten, Elena is attending activities such as art, music and drawing.
- Health: Elena received vaccinations, according to the immunization scheme. Both children are being taken care of and they receive the medical services they need.
- Affection: The parental assistant is offering love and affection to both children, as well as support in their activities.
- Accomplishments: Ionut has already had his first achievements, he is doing his home-work and the situations when there was nobody to support him are long gone. He is often mentioned as a good student, with good grades.
- Responsibilities: The two children understand the difference between right and wrong. Ionut respects the house, school and community rules.
- Respect: Ionut and Elena are already a part of the Professional Parental Assistance Service family. They are always supported and respected. Ionut communicates with his friends and class-mates and they positively appreciate him.
Placing the children under the care of the Professional Parental Assistance (PPA) Service has turned out to be a good decision for ensuring the protection and welfare of the children. It was recommended to monitor the children’s situation while being placed under the PPA and identify a permanent family placement.
Updated information, as of December 2016: The children’s situation under PPA showed constant improvement; children were feeling safe with the PPA and they had a good relationship. As a result, the children have been adopted by the PPA family.