Family Support Centre

 

One of our main working objectives is to create a network of family support centres for children with special needs and their families.

The first of these centres was opened in Nizhny Novgorod in October 2011. Watch Polina’s story to learn more about our work:

Qualified teachers, psychologists and therapists work with the children completely free of charge and lawyers and social workers help parents better understand social benefits and legal issues.

Центр поддержки семьи

How do we help?

  • Individual and group sessions for children with special needs
  • Social adaptation of these children and adolescents
  • Preparation for independent living and employment, pre-professional training
  • Social and legal assistance for vulnerable families
  • Provision of information about services and types of social support available locally for this group of the population
  • Educational projects for professionals working with children with special needs and their families

Watch Ilya’s story to learn more about our work:

Due to restructurization which took place in 2016, 17 professionals are now working at the Centre on a permanent basis, more than 100 children and more than 150 adolescents with special needs regularly attend sessions.

The centre includes an apartment for temporary accommodation, the purpose of which is to prepare young people with disabilities for independent living. Here, they learn to carry out seemingly simple tasks such as cooking, laundry and taking care of themselves and their living space.

центр поддержки семьи

Центр поддержки семьи

Центр поддержки семьи

 

Learn about other projects

Our projects

Forum

Our annual international "Every Child Deserves a Family" forum is a unique platform for dialogue between Russian and foreign child development experts, which allows representatives from various regions of Russia to exchange views and experience. It is also a step forward towards developing a professional community in Russia.

 

Legal Project

We are supporting projects run by the legal department of the Centre for Curative Pedagogics in Moscow, and relevant projects run by other organisations, aimed at ensuring the rights of children with disabilities and raising legal awareness among parents and specialists working in the field.

 

Advocacy

It is impossible to solve the problems of families with disabled children without changing the attitudes of society and the state. That’s why one of the Foundations most important activities is advocacy.

 

Sensory integration and occupational therapy rooms

The Naked Heart Foundation is currently working to create fully-equipped sensory integration and occupational therapy rooms for children with autism and other developmental disorders, with the aim of teaching those children coping mechanisms and enabling them to reach their full potential.

 

Webinars

The objective of our interactive online seminars is to introduce people to up-to-date, proven methods of working with people with disabilities. They are held on a regular basis and cover topics such as autism, communication and foster care. The webinars are aimed primarily at the Russian audience.

 

Joint projects

Normalisation

The aim of this project is to support NGOs that provide psychological, medical, therapeutic and social support for children with disabilities and their families; families intending to adopt, take guardianship of, or foster a child with disabilities; and disadvantaged families or families in crisis.

 

Integrative Summer Camps

We support projects to run summer and autumn integrative camps for children with special needs. Such camps create an environment in which children can relax emotionally, recover their health, have much-needed new experiences and communicate in a variety of different ways.

 

Education Project

The purpose of the Education Programme is to allow specialists from organisations working with children with special needs and their families to learn modern and effective working methods, exchange experience with colleagues and take part in education programmes involving international experts.