The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on ensuring organizational and legal conditions for social protection of orphans and children deprived of parental care, which introduced the mentoring. About it reports a press-service of the head of state.

“The law introduces the institution of mentoring for children who are brought up in residential institutions, for their support and preparation for independent life”, – stated in the message.

The main objectives of mentoring are: the definition and development of the child’s abilities, the realization of its interests in professional identity; the provision of child accessible information about their rights and duties; the formation of the child practical skills to adapt them for independent life, in particular concerning the solution of household questions, the disposition of their own property and the means of obtaining educational, social, medical, administrative and other services; to familiarize the child with the practices of public communication and overcoming difficult life situations; promote the development of the child as a responsible, successful person; a child of skills of a healthy lifestyle.

Mentoring – an activity by an individual mentor voluntarily and freely. A mentor can be an adult capable person, who has passed the training course on social adaptation of children and their preparation for independent living. Also found that mentors can be persons with criminal records, those who use alcohol or drugs.

The coach has the right to visit the child’s place of residence, education, treatment, rehabilitation. Also, with the consent of the child and parents, other legal representatives of the child, the administration of institutions for children-orphans and children deprived of parental care, an institution for children, the mentor can communicate with the child outside of his place of residence, education, treatment, rehabilitation, including to invite a child to your family in holidays and nonworking days, holidays and to render assistance in obtaining additional educational, social, rehabilitation and recreational services, to participate in providing clothing, shoes and accessories for training and development.

The press service noted that today in Ukraine there are nearly 770 institutions, which is more than 100 thousand children. Only every tenth child in a residential institution, is an orphan or child deprived of parental care. Other children have parents, but for various reasons (poverty, difficult life circumstances, special educational needs) live in an orphanage.

“Living in a boarding facility causes irreparable harm to the emotional and psychological state of the child. These children grow up unprepared for life outside the institution and out into adult life without the necessary social skills. The practical implementation of the bill’s provisions will contribute to the development of public-private partnerships, because the mentoring is expected to attract public and charitable organizations”, – said the press service of the President.

Poroshenko has signed the law on mentors for orphans 05.10.2016

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