Support to children from residential institutions to be educated in families as a preparation stage of children deinstitutionalization reform in the Transnistrian region

Sector: Social

Implemented by: Detstvo Detyam Chjarity Fund in partnership with Partnerships for Every Child, Chisinau, Local Authorities on Child Protection from Tiraspol

Duration: December 2013 – December 2014

Budget: 26,785 €

Short description: The foster care and the children mentorship have beenfor the first time implemented in the Transnistrian region asalternative ways of children education and care and served as a starting point for the children deinstitutionalization reform implementation in the Transnistrian region;

  • 25 specialists in child protection, all women have been formed by the Partnership for Every Child specialists on deinstitutionalization of children and orphanage institutions evaluation. A joint training on mentorship was organized by specialists from Kiev and Chisinau for 14 specialists (all women) who studied this form of orphan children care from12 years and onwards; 
  • 85 children (32 boys, 53 girls) from Ciobruchi Orphanage and 190 children (112 boys and 88 girls from Parcani were psychologically evaluated to find the best form for their education and care;
  • 10 specialists from Tiraspol (de facto administration and NGO) evaluated the Cioburci and Parcani orphanages under the guidance of Every Child specialists. The evaluations findings were publicly presented in a joint conference held in Tiraspol attended by 74 participants (41 women and 6 men), civil society and de facto administration on child protection;
  • 91 biological families of residential children from Parcani and Cioburci were also evaluated and an assessment made if conditions were favourable for children placement in biological families or it was decided on a different form of care, like foster care, mentorship, or adoption;
  • Two exchange visits were organized in Ungheni and Falesti for the Tiraspol team of specialists who visited reformed centres for children at risk and with disabilities;
  • The project findings were included in the de facto administration strategy on deinstitutionalization to be implemented in 2015-2017. It improved the quality of services provided to children and is on the good way to meet the requirements of the International regulations in the child protection field;
  • The project also helped to strengthen the relations between the de facto institutions on children protection and civil society by the signature of a medium term memorandum of understanding to offer support in the deinstitutionalization reform implementation.