Strengthening the capacities of foster parents for quality care of people with intellectual disabilities

Strengthening the capacities of foster parents for quality care of people with intellectual disabilities


Within the project "The way from institutions to independent living" three training sessions on “Strengthening the capacities of foster parents for quality care of people with intellectual disabilities” took place. The training sessions were attended by 60 foster parents from Vranje, Nis, Doljevac, Topola, Leskovac, Becej, Sremska Mitrovica and so on.
Foster parents are one of the key resources and actors of transformation and deinstitutionalisation of large institutions because the practice has shown that the family is the right remedy for every man after a prolonged stay in an institution. The larger number of family members focused on the needs of people with mental or intellectual functioning leads to the annulment of trauma, negative habits and inadequate communication with the environment. The family, in addition to providing security, eventually becomes a "bridge" of social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in the community. The training confirmed the theory that foster parents sometimes have prejudice often shared with the staff of the Centers for Social Work and this situation considerably slows down the process of deinstitutionalization. Comments of the foster parents "why aren’t there more of these trainings" or "the obtained knowledge helped us a lot in the present work" show that the foster parents are eager for knowledge, practical training and specific solutions for their own dilemmas that can improve their daily lives. Also, foster parents are eager to visit the institution Kulina, to socialize with the users with intellectual disabilities and to create a realistic picture of those people. Not many nice things were known about them until these training sessions.

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