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Families raising foster children, organizations and patrons of the arts received commemorative signs and diplomas.
The ceremony of awarding the laureates of the Moscow city prize “Stork’s Wings” took place in the capital. She is awarded for her contribution to the development of family arrangements for orphans and children left without parental care. Sergei Sobyaninpresented the laureates with badges and commemorative badges and diplomas.
“There are a lot of interesting world-class projects in Moscow, and most of them are expressed in kilometers, tons, cubic meters and so on. But there are things that do not fit into statistics – this is the attitude towards children, especially those who have found themselves in a difficult life situation. Everything here is measured by the heart and soul of those people who are engaged in solving this problem, ”he stressed.
According to the Mayor of Moscow, there are many children in the huge city who need help from professional organizations, people who are ready to take them into their families, benefactors and patrons of the arts.
“The best thing, of course, is that in the city there are no cases at all when children become orphans with living parents. And all this time we tried to create as little as possible such situations when the courts decide on the deprivation of parental rights, helping these families, identifying them, and preventing these cases. And this, of course, brought great results. But nevertheless, we still have orphans in our city who need help. Of course, the simplest thing is to place them in our specialized institutions, to support, teach and so on, which we, in fact, are doing, but even more important is to return these children to their families, ”said Sergei Sobyanin.
He thanked the laureates of the award for the help they provide to children deprived of parental care. “Many thanks to you on behalf of all Muscovites, children who got into this situation and for whom you became family. Thank you very much! Congratulations!” – said the Mayor of Moscow.
In 2021, the Stork Wings Prize was awarded in three nominations:
– “Best family of the year” – awarded to a family of adoptive parents, guardians (trustees), foster or foster family for a special contribution to the development of family arrangements for orphans and children left without parental care;
– “The best organization of the year” – is awarded for a special contribution to the development of family organization to the staff of the guardianship and trusteeship body; the team of the organization for orphans and children left without parental care; the collective of the school of adoptive parents; the collective of a public and (or) non-profit organization;
– “Patron of the Year” – awarded to citizens for a special personal contribution to the development of family arrangements for orphans and children left without parental care (including for providing material assistance to adoptive parents, foster parents or non-profit organizations).
Elena and Vladimir Ponomarenko (they have five adopted children), Natalya and Alexey Mashkovs (there are five children in the family, two of them are adopted), Svetlana Choudury (one adopted child) became laureates of the 2021 prize in the category “Best Family of the Year”.
In the nomination “The best organization of the year” won the school of adoptive parents of the state government institution of the city of Moscow “Center for the Promotion of Family Education” Mayak “” and the interregional public organization to promote the education of the younger generation “Big Brothers. Elder sisters. “
The award in the category “Patron of the Year” was received by Fyodor Nikulin, an officer in the support department of the Internet portal of the Russian Ministry of Defense. In January 2021, he took part in the filming of the television program “Field of Miracles” on Channel One and became the winner. Its prize fund includes a synthesizer, smart speaker, TV and a Lada Granta car. In February 2021, Fedor Nikulin donated all the prizes he won to the G.I. Rossolimo.
All laureates received a badge, a diploma and a memento – a statuette depicting a flying stork with a child (author – People’s Artist of Russia Alexander Rukavishnikov). The laureates in the Best Family of the Year nomination received one million rubles each.
The Stork Wings Award has been awarded since 2014. Over the past years, 18 families, 19 public and cultural figures, 31 organizations have become its laureates. The purpose of the award is to express public recognition to citizens and organizations that have made a special contribution to the development of family arrangements for orphans and children left without parental care.
Natalya Mashkova, winner of the Best Family of the Year award, thanked the Moscow Government and Sergei Sobyanin personally for their high appraisal and comprehensive support.
“Raising children is not an easy task. Raising foster children is doubly, tripled and even more difficult. But foster families in the city of Moscow are not afraid of difficulties, and many of them accept children with disabilities, adolescents, and large families consisting of brothers and sisters are formed. And these children, of course, need the attention and help of their parents. But that’s not all. They need, of course, to be able to undergo adequate adequate treatment, rehabilitation, and receive a good education. And we, parents, feel that we are not alone here, in this city, ”she said.
According to Natalia Mashkova, today a large system of support for foster families has been created in the capital, and many parents eventually become part of it: they show their successes, create clubs and participate in the work of public organizations.
Nina Vorontsova, executive director of the “Big Brothers. Older sisters, ”she noted the great work that the city is doing to reduce the number of orphans in boarding schools.
“But it happens that someone is in an orphanage for a long time – teenagers have fewer opportunities to get into a family. And here mentors come to the rescue. These are Muscovites – adults, volunteers who regularly, from month to month, from year to year, as much as necessary, come to children to give them individual attention, support, acceptance and love so that they grow up as prosperous adults and become active members of society, ”she said.
According to her, children often open up thanks to mentors, and future parents notice them, and they find a real family. “And this is probably the most wonderful thing that can happen to a child: warm home comfort. If this does not happen, our mentors continue to support children from orphanages, ”said Nina Vorontsova.
Family for every child
In 2010–2021, the number of orphans living in residential institutions in Moscow decreased 3.4 times – from 4371 children to 1289 children. At the same time, the number of orphans brought up in families increased by 44.5 percent – from 12,665 to 18,303 people.
93.4 percent of children who have lost their parents are being brought up today in foster families. The share of orphans living in boarding schools has decreased over 11 years from 25.7 to 6.6 percent.
Foster families accommodated 18,303 children, of which:
– 7,152 children (39 percent) are under gratuitous care (most often from close relatives – grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles);
– 6,658 children (36.4 percent) were adopted;
– 4493 children (24.6 percent) are under paid guardianship in foster and foster families.
Reducing the severity of the problem was ensured through the introduction of a new model for the prevention of social orphanhood and family placement of orphans, which includes:
– timely identification of dysfunctional families and the provision of social assistance to them to overcome a difficult life situation, due to which the number of cases of deprivation of parental rights is reduced and, accordingly, fewer children are left without parental care;
– continuation of work with a dysfunctional family, if there is a chance to restore the social status of the parents and return the child to the family of origin (in cases where the deprivation of parental rights has already taken place);
– transformation of orphanages into centers for promoting family education, whose employees must not only provide accommodation for children, but also search for and support foster families;
– active search, training and support of citizens who want to take orphans and children left without parental care into their families;
– increasing social benefits for the upbringing of orphans, including older children and children with disabilities;
– information and educational activities that promote the family placement of orphans and increase the prestige of the foster family (Internet portal “My new family”, Outdoor advertising, photo exhibitions of foster families, the “Stork Wings” award).
Within the framework of the new model, the following are operating in Moscow:
– 35 schools for adoptive parents, in which about 29 thousand people have been trained since 2013 (four more schools are to open in early 2022);
– 46 organizations that support foster families: they control over two thousand families in which more than three thousand children are brought up.
Benefits to foster families
Much attention is paid to social support for foster families. Monthly payments for the maintenance of each child range from 18.1 thousand to 30.1 thousand rubles, depending on the age of the child, the number of children being brought up and their state of health.
Foster parents (foster carers) are paid a monthly remuneration of 17.3 thousand rubles for the upbringing of each child (for a disabled child – 29.4 thousand rubles). If the family has one or two children, the remuneration is paid to one of the foster parents. If there are three or more children, the remuneration is paid to both parents for each child.
Lump-sum compensation payments are also made to reimburse the expenses in connection with the adoption of a child: 90 145 rubles – for the first adopted child, 126 203 rubles – for the second adopted child, 180 290 rubles – for the third and subsequent adopted children.
Starting January 1, 2022, city allowances and payments for the maintenance of orphans will be increased by 4.8 percent.
Orphans can use public transport for free, skip school meals, get free prescription drugs, and other benefits.
Guardians (trustees) who perform their duties free of charge and foster parents raising three or more children are entitled to partial reimbursement of the costs of paying for housing and communal services for the living quarters in which the children under their care actually live, and telephone services, as well as for free travel on all types of urban passenger transport (except for taxis).
Orphans and their guardians regularly receive free vouchers for children’s and family vacations.
Property support for families
Since 2014, a pilot project has been implemented in Moscow to provide property support to families who have adopted older orphans and / or disabled children.
Within the framework of the project, foster families who have taken into upbringing at least five orphans, of whom three children are over 10 years old and (or) are disabled, receive housing under an agreement of gratuitous use, the area of which is sufficient for a comfortable living for a large family.
Foster parents can be citizens of the Russian Federation who have been in a registered marriage for at least three years and who have no obstacles to fulfilling their duties as guardians or trustees.
A prerequisite is the successful passage of psychological diagnostics, which determines the willingness of citizens to become foster parents.
After 10 years, the participants of the pilot project, who conscientiously and continuously fulfilled their responsibilities for raising orphans, are provided with a living space (apartment) once under a social tenancy agreement or ownership.
During the implementation of the project, 47 foster families have become its participants, taking 286 children into upbringing, many of whom have already grown up and live an independent life. Among children raised in families – participants of the project at the present time – 22 disabled children under 10 years old, 71 disabled children over 10 years old and 88 children without disabilities (total – 181 children).
By the decision of Sergei Sobyanin, changes were made to the pilot project in December 2021.
Now the project participants can become families that have taken up at least five orphans, of whom three or more are brothers and sisters (full or half full), regardless of age and disability. Thanks to this, orphans, who find it difficult to find a foster family, got a chance to find a new home.
Currently, the city databank on children left without parental care includes 227 children of this category from 59 families.
An age limit has been introduced for project participants. Women under the age of 50 and men under the age of 55 can become foster parents. The decision was made so that the adoptive parents could fulfill the necessary conditions and get an apartment before reaching retirement age.
The period for transferring children to a family has been increased – from 60 to 90 days.
If earlier all five or more children were transferred to a foster family almost simultaneously, now this process is divided into two stages:
– no less than two children must be accepted into the family within a period not later than 60 calendar days;
– no later than 90 calendar days – at least three more children left without parental care.
A smoother handover process will give foster parents more time to develop emotional bonds with their wards, which will further lead to successful parenting.
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