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For Our Children Foundation

For Our Children Foundation
Sofia
Bulgaria
(+359) 2 980 70 58
Geographical Focus
National level
Type of organisation
NGO
Main Activity Type
Service ProvisionCapacity BuildingPolicy developmentAdvocacyResearch and knowledge
Focus
Child RightsAccess to ServicesParenting SupportSocial inclusion special needs
Targeted Age Groups
Before childbirth (pregnancy)Birth to threeThree to Six
Members target groups
ChildrenVulnerable marginilized childrenParents/care-takersHealth professionalsSocial workersManagers of servicesPolicy makersLocal authorities

Mission

For Our Children Foundation (FOC)’s mission is to ensure that every vulnerable child in Bulgaria experiences a safe and happy childhood and is able to look forward to a bright future. The organisation focuses on children in the early age (0-7 years old) and has been active on securing every child’s right to live in a family or family-type environment. We provide professional social services for the most vulnerable young children by promoting permanent, secure and developing family relationships. Led by its mission that every child should grow up in a family environment and the understanding that the early age is a crucial period that determines the future development and realisation of the individual, FOC specialises in the provision of social services which aim to prevent family separation, support and empower families at risk, and provide alternative care for newborns and young children. In addition, our early childhood intervention programme enhances the development of children with disabilities and special needs. Aiming to ensure a systemic approach to child welfare improvement, FOC works simultaneously at all levels - family, community, national - while partnering with the social and health systems and often filling the coordination gaps between them for the best interest of the child. Apart from social services provision, FOC is active in supporting the social inclusion and deinstitutionalisation processes through a range of advocacy work, including participation in various working groups, coalitions and networks, assisting policy, legislation and methodology development.

News

Date: 20-04-2021

Knowledge in the Hands of Users: Creative Ways of Sharing Early Childhood Matters

For a second year in a row, the ISSA Secretariat supported the dissemination of the international journal Early Childhood Matters articles through its Members in 12 countries.

Date: 22-03-2018

Large-scale research study focuses on Early Childhood Development in Bulgaria

Early Childhood Development (ECD) can create more stable, cohesive and more equal societies. For Our Children Foundation, has published a large-scale research study on ECD in Bulgaria which emphasizes just that.

Date: 10-08-2017

Member in Focus: Improving quality education and care for children requires action on many fronts

ISSA member For Our Children Foundation is leading efforts to create a national early childhood strategy in Bulgaria. The foundation has been active in Bulgaria for 25 years now, which makes it one of the oldest civil society organizations.

Date: 03-11-2016

More New Members

ISSA is delighted to welcome three new members to our network. Over the last couple of month we have successfully processed applications from

Date: 22-03-2017

For Our Children Foundation holds round-table for the creation of national early childhood strategy

For Our Children Foundation’s round-table, entitled “From policies to outcomes – ECD services in the spotlight,” highlighted the main principles for the creation of the first national strategy for Early Childhood Development (ECD) in Bulgaria.

Resources and practices

Emergency Family Support for Families Affected by COVID-19



Our social services are providing food material support to children and their families who have been affected by the global pandemic and its mitigation measures. Such an event, like the pandemic, may disrupt parenting practices and family routines and thus affect child health and development. By supporting the economic stability and reducing the material hardship of dozens of families who use our services we enhance parents' capacity to deal with or avoid the instability caused by the crisis.

Emerging Needs of Parents of Children in Early Age under Uncertainty



The COVID crisis and its effect has put families with children under a lot of stress. This is especially true for those families that were already experiencing difficulties or were at risk.

Guidelines for a Secure Family Environment



The Guidelines for a Secure Family Environment are a tool directed at parents, professionals working directly with children and policy makers in the area of child protection.

Early Childhood Development in Bulgaria: A Study on Systems Supporting Early Childhood Development



This research study from Bulgaria documents how healthcare, social, and education systems in the country organize and encourage early childhood development.