Bearing in mind the scope of work and many years’ experience of SOS Children’s village Macedonia, the organization makes constant efforts in development of its own policies, standards and methodology, with regard to the work for improving the access to support and care for children without parental care, as an organization that is committed to the care for children without parents and parental care. We show our commitment by securing the copyrights for implementation of the PRIDE methodology in the Republic of Macedonia, which is internationally accepted and licensed. SOS Children’s village Macedonia has managed to provide a five-year license for use of this methodology, which was created to support the foster care systems and to improve the quality of care.
GOALS OF THE PRIDE PROGRAM
- Meeting children’s needs, particularly in terms of protection, sense of security and sustainability of developmental and cultural needs of children in foster families;
- Strengthening the families, regardless of whether they are biological, mixed, extended or kinship families, foster or adoptive families;
- Improving the quality of care in the foster and adoptive families, by providing a standardized, consistent, structured frame for training before placement in care and mutual assessment, as well as continuous training during the placement in care and continuous development and strengthening of the foster parents.
- Understanding the importance of sharing resources for protection of children between public institutions and other organisations, colleges and universities, associations of foster and adoptive parents, as well as among the national organisations for child protection. The final goal is an implementation of this methodology as a national standard for training, recruitment and continuous support for development of skills and competences of all participants in the foster system in the Republic of Macedonia.
The program also provides vocational training and ongoing professional development to all professionals which are part of the process for providing support to the foster families and the foster parents.
In the period between 2014 and 2016, SOS Children’s village Macedonia provided trainings and licensing of 22 professional trainers, 6 master trainers, 114 professionals from the Centers for social work across Macedonia and 141 foster families where 230 children have been placed in care.