Key Areas of Focus: Family Strengthening, Foster Care, Family-Based Care, Violence Against Children, Social Service Workforce Strengthening
Background: All-Ukrainian charitable organization Ukrainian Child Welfare Fund started its work in 1998 as the Ukrainian office of the International Christian Children's Fund. Since 2006 they have worked as an independent charitable organization with an all-Ukrainian status. The mission of the Fund is to provide positive changes in order to create a supportive environment for the development of the full potential of each child in Ukraine.
What They Do: The Ukrainian Child Well-being Foundation has been working for 20 years to ensure that children grow up in loving families, are protected and have the opportunity to develop all their talents. Over the years, the Ukrainian Child Well-being Foundation has:
- adapted more than 30 training programs for various target groups, including the international training program "PRIDE" on the preparation of candidates for foster parents and guardians
- created in the cities of Kaniv and Kropivnitsky for children deprived of parental care, three houses providing family-based care for children
- conducted 12 nationwide information social campaigns aimed at preventing violence against children and trafficking in human beings
- prepared more than 150 publications - methodical manuals, recommendations, training and information materials, etc. - most of which are recommended for use by specialized ministries and departments
- and more
Where They Work: Ukraine
Number of Staff: 9 full-time staff members and up to 50 people (trainers, experts, consultants) on a regular base
- website: www.childfund.org.ua
- email: email@example.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CWBF.Ukraine/
1. As an organization, how do you:
(a) search for new ideas and opportunities?
We learn international experience, study international documents/policies/research, take part in conferences, are members of a couple of networks and have the chance to share ideas with colleagues in the country and in the other countries, learn the needs, and, based on those needs, look for the solutions.
(b) share your best wisdom with the world?
We share our experience by publishing all the methodological manuals which are produced by the organization – they are all available on our site for downloading. We also produce reports and take part in various events (presentations, working meetings, conferences).
(c) experiment and encourage innovation?
Based on the experience we learn from other countries, we launch new projects and programs to test new approaches, services etc. And later on, we describe them so other organizations can “multiplicate” them.
(d) engage in reflection, re-assessment and redesign?
We regularly run meetings with beneficiaries and stakeholders and run evaluations of programs/projects, including the external ones.
2. What area of your practice are you most proud of and why?
Adaptation of international experience, as results of our activities are often used on the national level.
3. What should other organizations or practitioners contact you about? (do you support other organizations in any particular areas, do you have a key area of expertise you’re willing to share, and/or do you have some great resources to make available?)
Our key areas of expertise include: primary prevention (including child abuse prevention, human trafficking prevention), responsible parenting, alternative care, community empowerment. All the methodological materials and manuals produced are available for specialists on the website at: https://childfund.org.ua/publikatsii/
Since 2010, the Fund has also run a virtual resource center, “Childhood without Violence,” which has accumulated quite a number of materials: https://rescentre.org.ua/