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Voice of Orphanage Graduate 2019

On June 12, 2019, at the premises of Ternopil Press Club, members of public and state-run organizations came out with the solutions to the problems the graduates of residential institutions might face during the period of social adjustment to an open society and where to apply for the necessary services.

The topic of the press conference was "What the graduates of residential institutions come across and how to help them?" or "Challenges for graduates of residential institutions and how to help them to adapt to their own adult lives".

Organizer: The Orphans Future Charitable Foundation, Social Networking page:

Objective: to draw the attention of society to the realities of life of orphans and children deprived of parental care after leaving the residential institutions and real services from state-run and non-governmental organizations in helping to socialize and adapt them to independent life in society.

During the conference, the following topics were raised:

Andrii Nazarenko - Head of the Orphans Future Charitable Foundation

- About Charitable action "Support kit for a graduate of 2019"

Irina Vakalyuk - psychologist, program coordinator at The Orphans Future

- List of services for graduates provided by Orphans Future Resource Center during the first 6 months of their socialization and adaptation.

Olga Khoma - Chief of the Department of Education and Science of the Ternopil Regional State Administration

- About the privileged admission of orphans to colleges and universities

- About providing accommodation (dormitories) and scholarships for the orphans during their studying at educational institutions

- Statistics of residential institutions graduates of 2019 in Ternopil region from among orphans and children deprived of parental care.

Maja Shimashis - Deputy Chief of the Office of Children's Services at Ternopil Regional State Administration

- About the steps needed for registration of orphans under 18 for housing waiting list.

- The right to accommodation unit from the child's place of origin and where to apply after graduating from the residential institution.

- Who acts as a guardian of a graduate under 18 who does not have a guardian from his or her family after leaving the residential institution?

Irina Khondohii - Director of the Regional Center for the Provision of Secondary Legal Aid on Free of Charge Basis in the Ternopil Oblast

- legal aid on FOC basis for graduates of orphanages and children deprived of parental care.

Graduates of residential institutions in 2019:

Strutinskaya Anastasia - a graduate of Berezhany orphanage boarding school.

Shuflyada Eric a graduate of Berezhany orphanage boarding school.

The programs run by the foundation consider the challenges of today the graduates of residential institutions who start an independent adult life might face. This is a complex of activities aimed at assisting and protecting the youth.

Main directions: educational activities, solving housing issues, mentoring, counseling in choosing an educational institution and work.

The annual program "Around the turn of independent living" is an important program and in 2020 funding will have been stopped, and therefore we would like this program to be financed from the local budget of education. Is it likely to take place? The cost of 455 UAH / per person per training * 9 trainings = 4095 UAH / per child per year.

: 12 June 2019

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