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Foster homes found for unaccompanied minors

Fifty-eight unaccompanied minors, whose legal guardian is the director of the social welfare services, have been placed in foster families this year, Hope For Children CRC Policy Centre said on Wednesday.

The centre that promotes child welfare said that it has successfully completed the pilot programme for foster care for unaccompanied minors who are asylum seekers/beneficiaries of international protection.

“The aim of the programme was to promote the institution of foster care through the identification, evaluation, training and long-term observation/monitoring and support of candidate foster parents,” the policy centre said in an announcement.

It added that 80 potential foster families went through preliminary socio-economic and psychological assessment and a number of them received specialised training on issues and skills related to the parenting and care of unaccompanied minors. In total, 64 foster and host families have been approved.

“A total of 58 unaccompanied minors, whose legal guardian is the director of the social welfare services, have been placed in families,” it said. At the same time, experts of the policy centre are monitoring and supporting foster families where the children were placed.

“This programme is of very high importance for Hope For Children since it gives the chance to children – when possible – to grow up in a family instead of shelters, receiving the love and care they need,” the centre said.

The project is co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Funds Unit and the Republic of Cyprus. Hope For Children is the final beneficiary of the project which was implemented in close collaboration of the state social welfare services.

The organisation pledged to continue supporting and promoting the institution of foster care in the Cypriot society.

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