What does this social service do:
The Center is a residential social service providing a living environment for full-fledged growth and development of children who are somehow not getting the necessary care in their own biological family (the child is neglected, the parents are deceased, the parents have mental or other severe conditions or drug addiction, families going through serious crisis; violence in the family, etc.) or were deprived of parental care and have exhausted the possibilities to go back to their biological family, relatives or a foster family at the time of their placement in the Center.
The capacity of family-type centers is up to 15 children/adolescents. Children and adolescents placed at the Center can be of different age, gender, degree of impairment and level of autonomy.
Centers can also be specialized when they need to meet specific needs of children/adolescents due to a health condition or the type and severity of disability.
What do children benefit from when placed with the Family-type Center?
Children are taken care of by a multidisciplinary team comprised of:
How do children become eligible for placement with the Family-type Center?
The decision to place a child with the Family-type center is made by the director of the local Social Assistance Directorate responsible for the area where the family lives based on a proposal by the social worker of the Child Protection Department who knows best the needs of the child and the problems in the family. The director of the Social Assistance Directorate issues an administrative order for the placement of the child with this service. Within one month of the order, the local court needs to confirm the child’s placement with the Center.