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Advocacy and research

Our advocacy program aims to protect the right of every child to live and develop in a secure family environment. Our approach is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the international and national framework for the protection of children’s rights. While through our social services we reach children and families directly, by influencing policies at the national and local levels, we can reach all children and families across the country.

We advocate the introduction of a comprehensive child welfare policy and the adoption of evidence-based policies in all areas related to children’s rights in Bulgaria. The priority topics on which we carry out advocacy activities are:

– Early Childhood Development

– Social and integrated services in the community

– Child poverty and social exclusion

– Child protection, including deinstitutionalization, foster care, prevention of child abandonment and separation from parents, capacity of the child protection system

– Violence against children

– The rights of children with disabilities and developmental difficulties

On these topics, the team of our organization has a highly developed expertise, which is based on our practice in our social and integrated services, as well as our research.

In recent years, we have expanded the scope of our research. Independently and in partnership with other organizations, we conduct research focused primarily on policies and practices related to our priority advocacy topics. Our research aims to support the advocacy program by extracting data and evidence to shape our policy recommendations.

We participate in a number of networks and associations, through which we create partnerships and work together with other supporters in the direction of ensuring the rights of children in our country.

Our Happy Stories

The path to a positive change through understanding or the story of Asen, Darina, and their six children

On a hot summer day in the Complex for Early Childhood Development of For Our Children Foundation in Plovdiv, a signal for a large family that needs urgent support and...

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Love as a driving force to deal with unexpected challenge

Of all types of love in this world, a mother’s love is the deepest and most intense. A mother’s love is unconditional. It appears at the moment the woman learns...

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How our meeting with Maria changed the access to services for all uninsured pregnant women

At the end of 2023, specialists from the team of For Our Children Foundation participated in an informational meeting with the aim of popularizing the changes in Ordinance No. 26...

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Vladko’s surprise appearance

The reports we receive at For Our Children Foundation about underage mothers who intend to abandon the newborn are not rare. Stories like this one, however, are an exception. After...

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A mother’s will for her child to have a better life

During the summer, we met a young single mother of a three-year-old boy. The woman is of Roma origin, this is her only child, and she has decided not to...

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The ‘taboo’ topic – when nobody talks about the origin of the child

Vesela and Annie are mother and daughter, but they do not have a blood relationship – Annie has been abandoned by her biological parents and Vesela adopts her when she...

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The power to forgive for the sake of the family

At times, when you are young, life seems easy, and everything is almost like a joke. This is how the relationship between Gergana and Damyan starts. He is of age,...

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To move on for the sake of your child

Sometimes, even when things seem great, they aren’t like that in reality. Nadia’s story is exactly like that – she thinks she has met the love of her life, but...

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One family’s escape to a better life

In the February 2022 the lives of hundreds of thousands of families were forever changed. Yulia’s family is one of them – circumstances force them to leave their home country...

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