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Roundtable Social Integration of Graduates from Orphanages

On June 18, 2013, this Social Integration roundtable was held for representatives from regional centers of social services at the Ternopil Regional Center for retraining of public authorities. The social service agencies included various groups supporting families, children, orphanages, and charitable organizations of the region. The participants discussed the draft for the national standard of social integration of graduates from orphanages as well as the status of its testing in the Ternopil region.

The organizer of the meeting was the Ternopil Regional Center of Social Services for Family, Children and Youth, and the International Charitable Organization, Partnership for Every Child (Kyiv). Representatives from Partnership for Every Child, Igor Nosach and Vasylyna Dybaylo, presented the draft of the national standard and its objectives. They invited participants to actively take part in all of its testing in 2013.

The main objective of the state standard is to introduce innovative approaches and principles of the organization providing support services to graduates of the boarding schools. Vasylyna and Igor explained the content and processes of these social integration services.

During the discussion, comments and suggestions were expressed Moravska Nataliya of the Department of Education and Science Administration and representatives of regional social services groups. They told us that as of June 1, 2013, there were 1256 orphans deprived of parental care, including 69 children in the state run orphanages, 117 children in foster care, 126 children in ten family type childrens homes, and 801 children under guardianship.

As a result of the roundtable discussions, experts and social service employees of boarding schools will be trained to use the standards in their dealings with graduates of the boarding schools. Beginning in September 2013, they must implement the standards in the Ternopil region. Social workers and future graduates will be partners in the implementation of joint actions of socialization and standards.

: 20 June 2013

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