To open a foster home
Really existing children's homes cannot receive the official status because the officials brake the process. The reason - the regional budget has to allocate means for the maintenance of such formations and normally they do not wish to enter themselves into similar expenditure.
Alexander and Olga Miroshnik, foster parents of 13 children, for some years come to the state institutions to get official papers for the opening of the foster home, that carries a proud name « The Eagle nest ».
According to " Regulations about foster home" of the Cabinet of Ukraine the multi-room -apartment or the house should be given to parents-tutors out of turn. The lodging should be equipped by necessary techniques, furniture, etc.
In practice for family Miroshnik the house has been bought on donations of parishioners of Christian churches.
Olga Miroshnik: « Even in spite of the fact that we have a house and conditions for residing children, we are constantly refused to get official registration papers, referring that the foster house should give the state. But how? The State has never been going to give us any habitation »!
It means, that, establishing the game rules, the state does not carry out them, so, children cannot find high-grade family where they will be brought up not by the tutors of a boarding school but by mum and daddy.
Development of foster homes and step homes is braked because that district administrations do not wish to finance such forms of the family device, and simply take children to the boarding schools financed from region, instead of from district. Bodies of trusteeship also do not undertake practically any efforts for development of foster families.
However in charity fund " Pilgrim " they do not lose hope. Prayers and patience has already borne fruit.
Olga Miroshnik: « We again and again fingered our instances which are obliged to help us with creation of normal conditions for children. We came to the Regional Authorities and they said something positive – for the first time. The chief of regional service on affairs of minors Svetlana Klochko has told, that our documents on the house are quite enough, so, we can start to legalize papers on children ».
Probably, already after New Year's holidays family Miroshnik can officially announce themselves foster family.
Today 13 children live in the foster home, five of them are already adult, the others - children of school age. Olga tells, that as soon as the senior children will be secure in life ( to study in college), the family will be replenished with new kids who need a family.
There are still good news. Anastasia, Artem and Ian Gurkov who live in «the Eagle's nest», probably will be able to return to their native mom shortly. One and a half year ago she had arrived from Enakievo to look at the children, and had remained to pass rehabilitation in the center for adult addicts and alcoholics.
Today she has already been an employee of the Charity Fund "Pilgrim" - works in one of rehabilitation centers. As soon as bodies of trusteeship will allow her to restore her maternal rights, they'll be able to live together, with native mum.
11 January 2018
The most bright, dreamy and loved holidays for children are definitely Christmas holidays! At this time you can feel this good festive mood, kids receive many presents, surprises and gather around the table to have a good meal and have lots of fun. All of these things build an atmosphere of a holiday, that is something new in lives for most of the citizens of the State of Former Homeless, and what they have never felt before.
29 November 2017
The main event of the year for the State of former street kids is the elections of government. It is always a frustrating moment since not everyone can nominate for the elections. There are a whole lot of demands to a candidate. Those who nominate are best of the best. This year there was an innovation that let the elections be even more exciting.
23 November 2017
The final part of the fall this year was marked by a special event in the “Republic Pilgrim” – by the Autumn Ball. Each citizen of the Republic took part in it and showed his or her multiple talents.
20 October 2017
The children of the “Republic Pilgrim” always take part in the events of the city this is why the Rescuer’s day was not an exception.
19 September 2017
The social services came to the “Republic Pilgrim” for help. They asked to take into the center a 13-year-old boy temporarily, for the time of his medical examination. Afterwards the boy was to be taken to a special boarding school for kids with mental flaws. But did the boy really need to be in such a boarding school?
17 August 2017
The trip around the world for the sake of the world without orphans. This was the motto of the team of the former Mariupol street kids riding across the entire Ukraine, Russia and Europe within the last 5 summer seasons. The former street kids show by their own example how life of a child can change if he or she is taken to a loving family and they call unto people not to be scared of adoption and to take kids from orphanages.
25 July 2017
On July 16th the group of the former street kids and of their adoptive parents from Ukraine continued their worldwide bike tour “The World without orphans” with the vision about the world where there are no lonely children. Having ridden within the last 5 stages across the entire Ukraine, Russia and a part of Europe, the former street kids show by their own example how a life of an abandoned kid may change when he or she is taken to a loving family and they plead on behalf of other kids who need caring parents. This year the team will complete the fifth stage of the worldwide bike action across the Eurasian continent, on riding across Germany, Switzerland and France.