We from the “Hope for the little ones” Foundation aim our active efforts towards the well-being of children in their families through the activity of the “Together with hope” consulting center located in the Little house.
The team of the center is made of professionals with extensive experience in working with children at risk – social workers, psychologists and teachers. We are the support of the young ones and their parents, relatives, adoptive parents and foster families in dealing with the difficulties they face. The goal leading us is for the children to grow up happily in a family.
The Counseling Center is a natural extension of the activity of the “Hope for the Little Ones” Foundation carried out in the two family-type accommodation centers, namely – full-fledged care for babies in a family-like environment, prevention of institutional upbringing and its negative consequences on children’s development; stimulation and support of parenthood. A unique and specific approach in this regard of the professionals of the foundation is to provide an opportunity for parents (biological, adoptive, foster) to take an active role even before they have officially entered into it. They actively participate in the life and care of children at our homes – feeding, bathing, dressing, walking, games, skills development, etc. Our goal is for adults to have an objective idea of the requirements for their position as parents as well as confidence in their training in this regard. An important concern for us is the proper adaptation and the smooth transition of the children to the coming changes, that’s why children visit their home-to-be, getting acquainted with the new environment, their personal belongings and members of the extended family. The child is provided an opportunity to spend quality time with their parents / adoptive parents / foster family.
The relationship between the team and the families continues after the child is placed in their family. Parents are given the opportunity to consult on a daily basis about difficulties or issues they face or to ask questions just about anything that worries them. Large-scale gatherings and holidays are organized annually, and all children and their families, volunteers, friends are invited, in order to keep up the relations between the children, their families and the team of the two Houses. The feedback from the families shows how valuable this is not only for the children, but also for their parents, who feel they are a part of a community – one big family – and this helps them not to feel isolated.
We know what is best for the little ones and we subordinate our efforts to achieve it. We accompany children and their families from the emergence of the need for help and support them to its complete elimination.
The team of the Counseling Center includes a psychologist, a family counselor, an educator, a social worker and a clinical social worker.