Care, monitoring, control - the first experimental practice for accommodation in foster families in Bulgaria 1936-1938 Cover Image
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Грижа, наблюдение, контрол - първи опит за настаняване на сираци в приемни семейства в България (1936-1938) г.
Care, monitoring, control - the first experimental practice for accommodation in foster families in Bulgaria 1936-1938

Author(s): Milena Angelova
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: ЮГОЗАПАДЕН УНИВЕРСИТЕТ »НЕОФИТ РИЛСКИ«

Summary/Abstract: The paper presents a joint initiative of the American Near-East Foundation in Bulgaria and the Department of Social Cares of Sofia Municipality for the accommodation of abandoned children in foster families since 1936. The main sources for the reconstruction of those first steps of foster care in Bulgaria are the reports and surveys of the doctors and visiting nurses of the Child Welfare Station at the Near-East Foundation in Sofia. The idea was conceived by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Public Heath, which in the beginning of 1937 issued an ordinance for providing accommodation for orphans aged 1 to 6 with childless or well-off families till the children turn 18. The state encouraged the families that were prone to accommodate orphans by using the public relief funds. The foundation itself participated in the campaign by announcing that it would provide accommodation for 23 orphans. The Foundation assigned to the Health Center's personnel the task of controlling how the funds were being used, to maintain a continuous connection to foster parents and of the further popularization of this experimental practice all over the country.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 89-97
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Bulgarian