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SHELTER IN THE COMMUNITY HOMES OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDREN:  2008

During the period from 1/1/08 up to and including 31/12/08 the Association received 128 requests to provide shelter to children.  The requests were to provide shelter in one of the Association's 9 community homes- 5 in the Attica region, one in Ancient Corinth, one in Thessaloniki (northern Greece), one in Corfu and one in Killini (southern Greece).  The homes are in neighbourhoods and the children reside in the home and attend the local public schools.  The homes are modelled on a healthy, loving Greek family.  Each child is treated as an individual and his/her interests and dreams are nurtured.  Children take music, dance and athletic lessons; they participate in community events and celebrate all holidays.  The homes are clean but not sterile, with books, toys and lots of mementos.   The homes have been used as "good practices" in 2006 by Mr. Miguel Petit, the Special Rapporteur to the United Nation's ECOSOC during his visit in Greece.

  • 123 ( 96%)  requests were from public agencies and organisations

  • 5  ( 4%) were from private citizens.

Graph 1: Percentage of Source of Requests for Shelter

 

The requests were in respect to 239 children.

 

During the period from 1/1/08 up to and including 31/ 12 /08, the Association's community homes provided shelter to 270 children.

 

From the above figures:

  • 72 (27%)  were referred to the Association for shelter during 2008; while

  • 198 (73%) were in the care of the Association from previous years.

 

During the same time period, a total of 18 children left the care of our community homes either because they returned to their families or because they had to be referred to other another shelter because of their problems required specialized care.

 

Chart of children in the Association's care by gender and age

 

AGE

BOYS

GIRLS

TOTAL

0-6 years old

50

35

85 (30%)

7-12 years old

69

49

118 (44%)

13-18 years old

32

25

57 (22%)

18 years and older

5

5

10 (4%)

TOTAL

156 (58%)

114(42%)

270

 

Graph 2: Percentage of Children in the Association's Care by Age Category

 

Chart demonstrating the reason for providing shelter to children during the period from 1/1/08 up to and including 31/12/08:

 

REASONS FOR BEING IN COMMUNITY HOME BOYS GIRLS TOTAL
Physical Abuse of Child 16 14 30 (11%)
Sexual Abuse of Child 1 4 5 (2%)
Neglect/Abandonment 109 76 185 (68%)
Social Reasons 18 13 31 (11%)
Illegal Smuggling/Trafficking 1 1 2 (1%)
Other 11 6 17 (7%)
TOTAL 156 (58%) 114 (42%) 270

 

Graph 3: Percentage by Reason for Shelter in the Association's Community Homes

 

 

Chart of Children staying in the Association's Community Homes during 2008 by Gender and Nationality

 

NATIONALITY

BOYS

GIRLS

TOTAL

Greek

119

89

208

Albanian

20

11

31

Romanian

 

4

4

Russian

2

3

5

Serbian

2

 

2

Nigerian

2

1

3

Indian

 

2

2

Polish

2

1

3

Afghani

1

 

1

Chinese

1

1

2

Iraqi

2

1

3

Korean

2

 

2

Brazilian

1

 

1

African

 

1

1

Thailand

2

 

2

TOTAL

156 (58%)

114 (42%)

270

 

Graph 4: Percentage of Children in the Association's Community Homes by Nationality (the largest percentages)

 

 

Daily Care Programme

 

Simultaneously, while the Association has custody and provides care for the children described above in the Association's Community Homes, another activity that the Association provides is Daily Care of Children. This programme enables the Association to ensure that children that are at high risk for neglect in their respective family are provided with all the necessary care in order to develop healthy. Social services flag these families as being in crisis however their family situations does not put children in immediate risk.  The Association, through the daily care programme ensures that the children are fed properly, bathed, attend school, do homework and attend doctors and other appointments. They return to their families every evening.  Counseling on parental skills and coping with stress, problems and crisis is also provided to the adults of the family.

 

During 2008, the Daily Care programme.  From the total number of children in this programme:

  • 57%  are boys while

  • 43% are girls

Graph 5

 

 

The children can be divided into two major age groups (graph 6) while the majority of children in the programme are Greek nationals (graph 7).

Graph 6

 

Graph 7