In our Little Houses we offer care for the little ones with love and hope, support to the big ones with acceptance and understanding, so that there is joy at home again! There we save the little ones from being put into institutions, we meet their physical and emotional needs, so that they can grow healthy and whole individuals. “Hope for the Little Ones” Foundation creates settings that are close to those of a family, surrounding the babies and young children with attention and individual care during their transition from family crisis to building up a sustainable and secure family environment.
In our two Little Houses, child protection departments accommodate babies and young children at risk until they are returned to their families, adopted, placed with close relatives or in a foster family. The team of the Little Houses consists of 15 professionals (7 in each house), medical and social workers, pedagogues and psychologists and babysitters who meet their physical and emotional needs and have individual approach to each child. They work on a special schedule of twenty four hours care for the children which gives the sense of security and opportunity to get attached and be able to trust. Our mission is that these children can grow being able to love because they are loved.
In 2018*- 2000 children have gone into state care in Bulgaria – an average of five children a day. State care includes foster care, family centers like ours and big state orphanages. Of all the children:
- 82.6% are up-to-1-year olds,
- 8.2% – between 1 and 2,
- 4.1% – between 2 and 3,
- 5.1% – 3 or older.
- * Latest numbers available by State Agency for Child Protection.