Twelve families will open family type orphanages
Twelve families were identified and instructed on how to create family-type orphanages. Twenty-four parents-educators from 6 regions of the country (Balti, Hancesti, Falesti, Floresti, Straseni, Telenesti) participated in two training seminars, preparing and presenting all the necessary paperwork. Now they are waiting for local authorities’ decision regarding the opening of family-type orphanages. Afterwards, the parents-educators will attend new seminars to discuss specific situations and the relationship with children, alongside psychologists and social assistants. They will find optimal solutions to each specific case so that all the children receive the needed care and assistance and a good development. According to the national project’s expert, Irina Malanciuc, the family-type orphanages are an alternative service to institutionalisation, which ensures a safe environment for children, close to the family environment. They represent families which care for a minimum of three and a maximum of seven children, including biological children. The parents-educators benefit from a monthly salary and employment while the family-type orphanages work, as well as from monthly allowances for the payment of bills and purchase of wood and coal. Children placed in family-type orphanages have an annual allowance of 1 000 lei and a monthly allowance of 180-200 lei. There are also exemptions form paying for textbooks and they benefit from free meals at school. Moreover, they are given a one-time allowance at the age of 18. The promotion and creation of the family-type orphanages is a pilot project that forms part of the programme “Development of Social Care Services for Vulnerable Families and Children at Risk”, project undertaken by UNICEF and EU, with the aim of supporting the residential system of child care, initiated by Moldova in 2002. There are 26 family-type orphanages that house 137 children in Moldova at present.