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For Our Children Foundation
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.
For Our Children has Published “Bulgaria Grows with its Children” Study
Recent European studies show that quality of education and care in the early childhood depends on the presence of a professional and...
ISSA Members are at the Forefront of Innovations in the Early Years Sector in Europe
The European Commission’s ECEC webinar “Working with families and the whole community” last week highlighted 7 initiatives from across...
Knowledge in the Hands of Users: Creative Ways of Sharing Early Childhood Matters
After a successful pilot in 2019, for a second year in a row, the ISSA Secretariat supported the dissemination of
For Our Children Foundation is Hiring an Independent Consultant in Bulgaria
For Our Children Foundation (FOC) is looking for an...
SOFT Tulip shares the benefits of the FloorPlay method
Play is inseparably linked to a child's development. It helps children express themselves, learn about and discover the world. A...
Large-scale research study focuses on Early Childhood Development in Bulgaria
Photos courtesy of For Our Children Foundation. Pictured (Left to Right): Ivanka Shalapatova, Deputy Minister of Education Denitsa Sacheva...
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...
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...
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...
Resources and practices
Bulgaria grows with its children: Building professional competences of the early childhood workforce
The topic of people working directly with children and families in the health, education and social work stands out...
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...
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...
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...
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...