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Document Typology: Web Article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Parents pedagogy
Title of document: Home assistance
Name of author(s): Asta Simkuniene
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Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
The concept of the Children Support Center was born when the „Big Brothers Big Sisters“ program, sponsored by the „Open Society Fund Lithuania“ was being implemented. Direct ongoing help from volunteers for children experiencing crisis was unknown in Lithuania at that time. The first two years were devoted to introducing and establishing the idea of volunteering. Posters were distributed; a video was made and shown on Lithuanian Television throughout 1996; over 20 articles about BBBS activities appeared in major newspapers and magazines; information about the „Big Brothers Big Sisters“ was presented to the Parliament, Presidency, Council of Ministers and other state and non-govermental agencies; employees and volunteers appeared on radio and TV. BBBS became known to the majority of Lithuanian people and organizations. Many cooperative contacts were established. New volunteers, as well as numerous parents seeking help for their children came to the program. Schools and other social organizations that provide assistance to children contacted the program also. On one hand, the number of volunteers interested and able to help children grew quickly. On the other hand, the number of children needing help increased, as did the range of their issues - from loneliness and lack of friends to emotional, physical and sexual abuse. An obvious need for assistance raised new challenges and determined objectives for the work. The main goal was to create a center which provided assistance to families, children, and guardians, as well as persons working with children, and ensured quality professional services adapted to the individual psychological needs of the child and family. The Center's three employees began providing psychological counseling services to children with emotional and behavioral problems, as well as developing and offering training programs for people working with children.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The Center is simultaneously implementing several programs and projects, which are supported by Lithuanian people, the State as well as funded by International foundations. We partner with over 30 organizations in Lithuania and more than 10 abroad. Recently we opened a Center for Children Victims of Abuse and Violence special room designed for interviewing children victims of physical and sexual abuse for the legal purposes. Consultations with psychologists/ psychotherapists, a social worker, lawyer and child psychiatrist are available.On 1 September 2012, the sectorial practical training centre of wholesale and retail trade will commence its activities in Šiauliai Vocational Training Centre. The establishing of the centre is financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Lithuania. The building meeting all latest requirements will have modern state-of-the-art equipment used by trading companies in Europe. The centre will train and retrain tradesmen from all over Lithuania. Training will be performed by highly qualified teachers in that field. Specialists trained in that modern centre will meet the market demand.
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