Families, Individuals and Foster Care
The IWC and the Charities group continue their support towards Families, Individuals and Foster Families. Currently we have 15 different projects within this group, supporting them with food, medication, clothes and whatever special needs they might have.
Taking care of these “projects” is in many cases on a very personal level where time, trust and commitment is needed, but thanks to coordinators’ and volunteers’ tireless efforts and dedication, we are managing these difficult tasks as well.
care in Russia is in tile early stages of development. It differs greatly in its
structure from current foster care models in the US and Europe. There is no
specific law governing foster care in Russia. As a result, foster parents and
their children lack basic governmental guidelines and support.
the past year, the International Women’s Club Charities (IWCC) volunteers have
been actively working to (a) unite local foster families and non-governmental
organizations that support the rights of children, (b) facilitate the opening of
a center that provides psychological, educational and legal assistance to foster
families and (c) create legislation that would encourage the development of
foster care and other alternatives to the institutionalization of children in
volunteers have identified 15 foster care families in Moscow. Some of these
families are not legally registered despite the fact that they have taken in
foster children with the agreement of government-run institutions. Without being
officially registered, these families are not able to receive government
subsidies and benefits that would supplement food, educational, medical, and
legal costs related to caring for children who have been institutionalized or
living on the streets. In addition, Moscow’s foster families vary in size from
l to 16 children. Although, by law most of these families have the right to
larger living space (temporary apartments that the government is supposed to
provide), it is extremely difficult for foster parents to overcome the
bureaucracy hurdles that would make this a reality.
is little training available for potential foster care parents, and support
groups for existing families are only beginning to emerge. Often parents feel
hopeless, tired and worn down by the system. Yet, despite their lack of support,
these foster families are united by one goal---helping children to recover from
the past and to feel genuinely wanted and loved. It is not an easy task, as many
of these children suffer from past psychological and physical abuse. Though in
many cases they have been labeled hopeless
by the state, with time foster parents have seen great leaps in the
psychological and educational development of their children. Many of the
children, after placement in foster families, have been able to excel
academically in sports and in cultural pursuits. Both foster parents and their
children agree that no state-run institution can substitute for the love and
support that a family provides.
IWCC Group is seeking volunteers who speak Russian or have some experience in
social work to continue the support and development of foster care in Russia.
Hours are flexible and volunteer work with these families is extremely
challenging and rewarding. If you are interested please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org