Information for the Programme
“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center (HFC) is implementing the Foster Care Program for Unaccompanied Minors Asylum Seekers/ Beneficiaries of International Protection in collaboration with the Social Welfare Services. The project is funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (90%) and by the Republic of Cyprus (10%).
The aims of the Programme are
- The improvement of reception conditions and child protection services offered to unaccompanied minors asylum seekers / beneficiaries of international protection.
- The hosting of unaccompanied minors asylum applicants / beneficiaries of international protection by approved foster parents.
The Stages of the Programme
The Programme includes the following stages:
- Systematic evaluation of candidate foster parents by social workers and psychologists of the Organization.
- The training of candidate parents on issues related to parenting skills in the context of foster care. The training with a duration of up to seven weeks is provided in the form of a series of workshops delivered in a group format.
- Eligible candidates will be registered as approved foster parents the record maintained by the Social Welfare Services.
- Thereafter, the approved foster parents will be notified once there is a need for foster care by the Social Welfare Services.
- Upon the child’s placement, continuous guidance and support to the foster parents/family.
What is foster care?
Foster care is an alternative form of child care, a way of providing a family life for children who cannot live with their own parents.
Foster parents provide care for child/children's in a short or long term basis according to the needs of each child. The legal guardian for children in foster care is the Director of Social Welfare Services. The approved foster parents receive a monthly allowance from the Social Welfare Services to cover the needs of the child in foster care, the amount of which varies according to the age and particular needs of the child.
What are the benefits of participating in the programme?
- Contribute to the upbringing of children belonging to vulnerable groups of the population.
- Give love, practical and effective assistance to children in need making a meaningful impact in their lives.
In the last few years, a considerable number of unaccompanied minors continues to arrive in Cyprus, seeking asylum status and protection on the grounds of religion, political opinion or other reason. The needs of these people are complex since the journey itself is traumatic.
In most cases, unaccompanied minors - asylum seekers come from countries that have been involved in war or other political, ethnic or religious conflicts. Currently, minors are hosted by children's shelters or youth guesthouses for their protection and care.
Requirements for participation
Requirements for individuals participating in the programme:
- Legal residence in the Republic of Cyprus.
- Clear criminal record.
- Not convicted for sexual assault committed against children, according to the Law N° 91(I) of 2014,iv on Preventing and Combating the Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of Children and Child Pornography.
- To be a person or persons that have not have their parental rights removed under the Children’s Law, Cap. 352 or The Parents and Children Relation Law of 1990, or any other comparable law.
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