What is reintegration?
Reintegration is the child’s return to his/her biological or extended family from a special institution or other alternative forms of protection. According to the Moldovan legislation, the placement of a child in an institution has a temporary character and the competent authorities must apply the necessary procedures to ensure that the child is offered a family type protection form. When the reintegration in the biological or extended family is not possible other protection forms are implemented such as guardianship, adoption, professional parental assistance and family type homes (This is according to the Family Code, art 115).
During the reintegration process, CCF/HHC Moldova aims to support and prepare the child and the biological or extended family for the child’s return back to his/her community. For this reason, the main goal for the reintegration process is to provide an individual approach to meet every family’s unique needs.
The support that is offered:
- Psychological counseling;
- Legal counseling;
- Financial support;
- Facilitation of services: social benefits and allowances according to the current legislation, medical, community education, employment information, etc.
Family challenges are not solved within hours, for this reason the reintegration process of a child can take some time. An extremely important and fundamental stage of this process is monitoring the child and the family in order to achieve a successful reintegration. Monitoring consists of conducting regular home/school visits, evaluating the conditions of the child and family, identifying alarming indicators and offering early intervention to help the family achieve a certain level of social auto-sufficiency. Only by frequent monitoring we can ensure the welfare of the child returned to the family and the success of this process. Quite often the monitoring stage lasts up to 2 years and can be even longer for some challenging cases.
Since 2008 until now, CCF Moldova has managed to reintegrate 1311 children.