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“HOME-FAMILY”
ZENICA
   
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INSTITUTIONS

Center for the Welfare of Infants,
Children and Youths Belgrade

Home for Children
“Maestral” Split

Home for Children
“Malci Beliceva“ Ljubljana

Home for Children
“11. oktombri” Skopje

Home for Children
“Rada Vranješevic” Banja Luka

Home for Children
Sarajevo

Home for Children
Tuzla

Home for Children
“Petar Radovanovic” Užice

“Home-Family”
Zenica

Home For Children 'Vladimir Nazor'
Karlovac

Children's Village „Dr.Milorad Pavlovic“
Sremska Kamenica

Home for Children
Maribor

 

 
 

 
 
 
About Institution  
Centar za zaštitu odojčadi, dece i omladine

Basic information:

"Home-family" is a public institution in Zenica whose main activity is taking care of children without parental care. This social care institution was founded in 1960 year by solution of the National Council of the Municipality Zenica. The building was built by purpose to accommodate children of different ages, from babies to adolescents.

   

The initial capacity of "Home-family" was designed to accommodate 184 children, sometimes even more, considering that there was a triage department for temporary accommodation. Department of baby care during 1960s offered accommodation for 40 babies, while other children were housed in 12 separate groups, so-called "families", consisted of 12 children.

In accordance to the policy of transformation of large institutions, the number of children in "Home-family" has been gradually decreasing and now does not exceed 130. The children were placed in 10 educational groups divided by age and gender: Department for care, education and health care for children under three years, the preschool group, three groups of junior school age, four groups of older school children and small family home as a separate division of the Home.

In November 2010 year were works on the reconstruction and equipping units for care, education and health care for children up to three years completed. The living space for 20 babies was completely redone and is much warmer, more comfortable and more beautiful.

Organizational unit for the care of preschool age children was renovated in October 2011 year. Pre-school group has 12 children. Educational work with this group is focused on acquiring basic knowledge and social skills in order to better adapt to school, schoolwork and peers.

Three groups of young school age children are mixed by gender. There work educators in two shifts and childcare providers to assist in carrying out everyday personal and living space hygiene.

Pupils of older school grades and high school students are divided into two male and two female "families". A separate organizational unit is Small family home. Small family home is, in simple terms, "an ordinary house in an ordinary street" which houses 12 children with educators. It is a result of transformation of the Children's Home "Most" in Zenica and it represents a new form of care for children without parental care.

From a total of 54 employees, 19 of them work in the educational work with children. With Educational groups work educators, 16 of them. The expert team of the House which consists of pedagogue- psychologist; social worker and psychologist is also included in the daily work with children. Qualification structure of employees in the PI "Home-family" consists of 7 employees with the university degree, 13 higher education , 13 high scchool education, 1 highly-skilled, 5 skilled and 15 unskilled workers.

In addition to providing social and health care, educational work and the encouragement of individual psycho-physical growth and development, we focus our work on a few needs that have crystallized through many years. One of them is certainly the building of the capacity of House by hiring staff educated for work with children with special needs. Namely every year a tendency of growth of children with special needs is observed. Only in 2010 year 22 children were categorized as persons with disabilities on the housing while in 2011 that number increased to 27. Therefore, the structure of the employees of the House today consists of a defectologist-speech therapist, defectologist-oligophrenologist, educator- rehabilitator, but also a pedagogue and psychologist. In addition, our institution in 2010 year entered into cooperation with the Center for early encouragement of development and early intervention for children with special needs in Zenica. Their experts come several times a week to our institution and work with children up to three years of age.

Another need that arose in working with children without parental care is the need to strengthen the social contacts of children with relatives. At least one third of children in the house realized regular contact with relatives; visit them during vacations and holidays. Contacts with relatives not only affect the emotional stability of children, building their own identity and sense of belonging, but also promote development of each child's social network. It is of great importance for children in the process while leaving home and becoming independent.

Another specific need that we focus our work on is need to prepare young people for leaving the social welfare system. For every young person who completes the education, in cooperation with the competent center for social work is made an individual action plan. The plan involves connecting all the local resources (municipal authorities, NGOs, public and private companies, relatives, etc...) In support network a young person whom we try to ease the process as much independence and leaving home.

In June of 2011 year activity of PI "Home-family" is extended to provide accommodation for pregnant women and young mothers with children under 12 months. The activity is extended with the consent of the Municipal Council in accordance with the Action Plan for the implementation of the document "Policies to protect children without parental care and families at risk of separation In Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2006-2016" adopted at the state level. This action plan aims to reduce the accommodation of large institutions to a maximum of 40 places and the development of alternative forms of childcare such as foster care.

Due to the intention of vital importance for our institution are secondary activities dealt with - providing meals for public kitchen’s customers and providing pastries in our own bakery. The importance is reflected in the economic benefits that the institution is not given by the budget and is funded solely from their own revenues.


   
 
 
 
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