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.
17 May 2018
Artem is now 11 years old and he lives in Pilgrim for a year already. Earlier in his life a boy lived in a village Mirny with his mum. His mum had problems with alcohol addiction so Artem spent his free time wandering on the streets, being all too himself and having no appropriate care. When the war in East Ukraine started, a situation in a boys’ family didn’t change much - he was seen on the streets even while there were bombings!
27 April 2018
Former orphans and kids from children's rehabilitation center «Republic Pilgrim» are preparing to finish a round-the-world bike tour called «World Without Orphans» and on the first days of May this year they will go to North America. Starting from Los Angeles, California and ending in Miami, Florida state, they will overcome few thousands kilometres on their bikes, proclaiming their wildest dream, telling people about the value of the family for every single child in this world. Participants of this tour hope to prove the society that a Global Orphans Crisis – is just a myth that can be overcome by providing support for adoptive families, promoting adopting orphans or directly taking children to their families.
16 April 2018
Mariupol Charity fund «Pilgrim» realizes the biggest rehability project in Ukraine for children and teenagers who got into difficult situations in life, does work in a sphere of adult rehabilitation, helps elderly people who have no place to live and no facilities to survive. Because of the military situation in Eastern Ukraine it also doe some work with those who were forced to move away as refugees, and helps peaceful citizens in a war zone.
13 March 2018
Robbery, burglary, car thefts and drugs are not just crimes but also a reason to get acquainted with policemen. The majority of the kids in the center “Republic Pilgrim” at their early age have already had the negative experience of meeting the police as a result of the offences they committed.
10 February 2018
How can 11-year-old child adjust to severe circumstances his own mother condemned him. What does Daniel think and dream about after experiencing much more struggles than many adults?
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.