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  1. 1. Sharing Good Practices in Supporting Kinship Carers to Prevent Substance Related Harm to Young People ROMANIA Project partner : HOLT ROMANIA – FOUNDATION OF CONSULTANCY AND SOCIAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES Livia Trif Executive Country Director Edinburgh – March 16, 2011
  2. 2. WHAT WAS THE PROJECT ABOUT in Romania <ul><li>Develop appropriate resources to increase awareness and help kinship cares to protect children and young people in their care from harm, as a direct consequence of alcohol misuse. </li></ul><ul><li>Create written materials (poster + brochure) about the damaging effects of drug and alcohol consumption; </li></ul><ul><li>Create a manual and provide training for specialists working in Child Protection domain or Social Assistance in Romania; </li></ul><ul><li>Share good practices in supporting kinship carers and dealing with the negative effects of alcohol misuse; </li></ul><ul><li>Include kinship carers in groups and provide parent education ”How to Become Better Carers for our children”; help them deal with stress and anger; </li></ul><ul><li>Directly support the children who lost their childhood because of this delicate problem. </li></ul>
  3. 3. HOLT ROMANIA FOUNDATION OF CONSULTANCY AND SOCIAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
  4. 4. R E S O U R C E S
  5. 5. POSTER <ul><li>Communities: </li></ul><ul><li>3 rural (Castelu, Poarta Alba, Cumpana), </li></ul><ul><li>4 urban (Constanta, Iasi, Mures, Medgidia) </li></ul><ul><li>Locations: </li></ul><ul><li>rural Local County Councils, DGASPC Constanta, Mures, Iasi, Local Council Medgidia, COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER Constanta </li></ul><ul><li>good feedback for a poster particularly directed to Kinship Carers </li></ul><ul><li>examples </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>B R O S H U R E </li></ul><ul><li>offers information about the way alcohol misuse reflects not only on the consumer’s life, but also on the lives of the people that surround him. There are information about drugs and alcohol and their negative consequences shown in a suggestive image. </li></ul><ul><li>states the problems that a child, whose parent has alcohol problems, confronts with and in what way these problems will affect him in the future. </li></ul><ul><li>provides information about the kinship carers who are in the situation of being parents again, answers to some of their concerns, questions, a list of advices for them to follow and also guidance to specialized people who can help them. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>T R A I N I N G </li></ul><ul><li>One day training for professionals (6 hours) </li></ul><ul><li>March 17 th, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>9 participants , all social workers : 4 from Constanta DGASPC, 5 from Community Social Services </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Solutions for identified needs within the training session : </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying the needs of alcohol consumers; </li></ul><ul><li>Distributing leaflets and audio / video materials in communities; </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting the effects of alcohol / drug consumption; </li></ul><ul><li>Moral and financial support for kinship carers. </li></ul><ul><li>Themes that should be discussed within the future meetings : </li></ul><ul><li>State intervention in supporting kinship carers; </li></ul><ul><li>Community role in fighting against alcoholism; </li></ul><ul><li>School abandonment; </li></ul><ul><li>Information of young mothers regarding the consequences of alcohol consumption during pregnancy; </li></ul><ul><li>Pregnancy at early ages; </li></ul><ul><li>Domestic violence; </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual Transmittal Diseases; </li></ul><ul><li>Support groups. </li></ul>The most important things that participants won : Preffered activities within the training :
  9. 10. ADVISORY GROUP monthly meetings <ul><li>Livia Trif – project manager </li></ul><ul><li>Bogdana Galantonu/Florentina Andrei – project officer ( social worker) </li></ul><ul><li>Sorin Grigore – sketcher </li></ul><ul><li>Raluca Purcarin – social worker , translator </li></ul><ul><li>Ludovic Fraico – psychologist </li></ul><ul><li>2 kinship carers </li></ul>
  10. 11. LESSONS LEARNED <ul><li>Focus the recruitment of Family Preservation cases on kinship carers and the children they care; </li></ul><ul><li>Consider drug & alcohol issues as major risk factors of child abuse/neglect/abandonment; </li></ul><ul><li>Increase the organizational capacity to create specific materials for information and education; </li></ul><ul><li>Value the importance of an international partnership. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Sharing Good Practices in Supporting Kinship Carers to Prevent Substance Related Harm to Young People ROMANIA Project partner : HOLT ROMANIA – FOUNDATION OF CONSULTANCY AND SOCIAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES Livia Trif Executive Country Director Edinburgh – March 16, 2011

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