FAMILY ENVIRONMENT AND SERVICES IN COMMUNITIES FOR CHILDREN OF ARMENIA (FESCCA)
Duration: Feb 2019-Jan 2022
Project Status: In process
Project Budget: EUR 1,500,000
Main Donor: EU
Donor Contribution: EUR 1,350,000
Others Contribution: EUR 150,000
Location: Regions of Armenia including Armavir, Kotayk, Lori, Shirak, Syunik, Tavush, Gegharkunik
Implementing Partners: WV Armenia (lead), Bridge of Hope, Children’s Support Centre Foundation
The ‘Family Environment and Services in Communities for Children of Armenia’ project funded by the European Union aims to bring operational solutions for the country’s child protection system. The overall objective of the project is to establish community-based quality services for the most vulnerable children and their families.
These services aim to support children reunited with their families or placed in family environment on their way to reintegrate into the communities and families. Simultaneously, the project will be preventing the flow of children into residential care facilities, and enable the reintegration of children back into their own families or into alternative family-based care.
The project will also contribute towards the insertion of the inclusive education principles in line with the Armenia’s state commitment.
Actions in Brief
• Support the Government of Armenia to transform residential care institutions into alternative community-based care centres in target marzes for the most vulnerable children; services may include but not limited to rehabilitation and social support.
• Support with insertion of inclusive educational system in targeted areas through training of pedagogical staff from the schools in all aspects of inclusive education from child’s rights, fostering inter-sectorial cooperation and raising public awareness on inclusive education as doorway to community living and development for every child.
• Increase the Resilience of socially most vulnerable families to prevent possible abandonment of children through development and provision of diversified social assistance packages for families based on Individual Development Plans.
• Implement campaigns to raise public awareness on importance and progress towards deinstitutionalization and alternative care reforms.
494 children returned to their communities, reunited with their biological families, and attend basic schools.
The social needs of 494 children, their families assessed, 420 individual development/ transition plans developed.
181 families receive assistance within the framework of World Vision's Graduation approach to ensure the care of children in the family and eliminate social vulnerability as a result of the stabilization of the family’s economic situation.
Awareness-raising on alternative types of child care conducted. 54 potential foster parents and 462 child protection specialists trained 1551 teachers, their assistants and 260 specialists from 4 special schools trained and currently apply the principles of inclusion in their daily practices.