Adults Helping Children Today-Ukraine

aka ACT-UA   |   Oconto, WI   |  www.act-ukraine.org
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Mission

The mission of Adults Helping Children Today-Ukraine is to respect and nurture the potential of every child by improving the living conditions of Ukraine's underprivileged children by assisting existing organizations to provide for their basic needs.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Mr. Earl DeCloux

Main address

PO Box 299 % Earl J De Cloux

Oconto, WI 54153

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EIN

98-0494328

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Hope For Orphans

In the spirit of our mission, to assist existing organizations devoted to meeting the needs of homeless and orphaned children in Ukraine, ACT-UA is pursuing funding to support Hope For Orphans.  Hope For Orphans is a 13 year old, all volunteer organization whose mission is to give orphans the skills and resources to empower them to become healthy, successful Ukrainian adults.

 

Hope For Orphans is, by Ukrainian standards, an innovative organization and one of the few designed specifically to address the future success of children leaving the orphanages and boarding schools of Ukraine.  Their goal is to prevent orphans from returning to the poverty of the streets of Ukraine.  The organization gained state status in 2008 which means they can officially work in all regions of Ukraine. They currently have representatives in 17 of the 27 regions in Ukraine.  Many of these representatives were orphans themselves.

 

Hope For Orphans target population is children living in the orphanages and boarding schools of Ukraine with a special emphasis on those located in the poorer regions of Ukraine where government support is the weakest.

 

Hope For Orphan's strategy is to use adult volunteers of varying ages, occupations and socioeconomic status to build long term relationships with the children, ranging in age from 6-18 years of age, residing in the orphanages and boarding schools they target.  They accomplish this partially by making day trips throughout the year to each orphanage and boarding school.  While there they provide the children with small gifts of clothes, toys, treats and personal hygiene items.  They also engage the children in educational and developmentally appropriate programming where they learn lessons designed to prepare them for life outside of the orphanage and boarding school.  Most importantly, they show these children there are people concerned about their future social, educational and health needs.

 

Children from these orphanages and boarding schools also attend one or more of the many camps facilitated by Hope For Orphans throughout the year.  These camps are generaly two weeks in duration and serve anywhere from 100-250 children at one time.  The themes of each camp vary.  One camp might be designed to teach an orphan strategies for avoiding those behaviors that prevent their ability to live successfully where another will focus on difficult situations and problem solving skills.  All camps are designed to provide the orphans the skills needed to be productive, healthy and successful members of Ukrainian society.

Population(s) Served

Father's House International Charity Foundation (“Father’s House” ICF) began informally in 1996 when Dr. Roman Korniyko began working with the homeless children in Kiev, UA. This work began with Dr. Korniyko using his own home to provide daily spiritual, emotional and physical support for homeless children living on the street. It was difficult for those in Dr. Korniyko's community to understand his attitude towards the homeless; they warned him of the dangers of inviting them into a place where his wife and two young daughters lived and played. Contrary to his friends' predictions, the children responded to Dr. Korniyko’s, generosity by inviting him into their own homes: the cellars, sewers and heating pipes of Kiev. Dr. Korniyko was profoundly troubled by the conditions in which these children lived. He quickly realized that the support he provided was insufficient to fully change their conditions.  He soon was able to gain the support of others and with their help rented a two room apartment where he was able to expand the support to the children.

 

The organization then attempted to register for official status with the Ukrainian government. They were quickly turned down and told there were no homeless children in Ukraine. Despite this difficulty, they proceeded to organize housing for the children within the apartment, despite the conflict with Ukrainian law. Within days, 17 children were housed in bunk beds and 20 more made daily visits to the apartment.

 

On January 4, 1999, “Father’s House” International Charity Foundation was finally registered by the Ukrainian Justice Department with a vision to “save a generation of homeless children, proclaiming Gospel in work and deed.” Their objective is to partner with churches, charity and public organizations and government institutions to solve the problem of child neglect and homelessness.   Dr. Korniyko and his team have continued to house children, first in a nearby house, then part of Ketrivseke’s kindergarten and finally in the organization’s own house where they remain today.  The children residing at "Father's House" ICF benefit from rehabilitation services, educational programming, medical services and recreational activities.  The staff also makes efforts to return the child to their biological parent, find a guardian or facilitate their adoption.  When these are not suitable options the child is placed at the Center of Family Care, also operated by the "Father's House" ICF.

 

The Center of Family Care provides the orphans with the opportunity to live and grow in a family environment. The program consists of 6 family groups who each raise up to 8 children at one time. All families live in the Center of Family Care building. The objective is to provide children with a model of a healthy, Christian family and prepare the children to return to their birth family, be adopted or enter independent living.

 

Families residing at the Center of Family Care are carefully chosen after a rigorous selection process and extensive training period.  A family’s successful completion of the trial period will then lead to the signing of a one year contract with the possibility of extension.

Families are then prepared to take on the duties of a parent/caregiver. All parents/caregivers are required to continue participating in training programs throughout their contract period.

 

In addition to a healthy, loving family environment the children are provided with educational instruction, music lessons, psychological support and heath care services. Financial support for the Center of Family Care is 60% private donations and 40% governmental support for homeless children. Additional information can be found at www.otchiy.dim.org(http://www.otchiy.dim.org/) .

Population(s) Served

ACT-UA is working to improve and enhance the living conditions of the children living at the Chernigiv Children’s Orphanage and their sister boarding school, Chernigiv Secondary Educational Boarding School. Both are located in Chernigiv, Ukraine. 

 

The orphanage opened on September 19, 1997, with the goal to protect homeless and orphaned children. To date the orphanage has served over 2700 children from 3 to 18 years of age. The majority of children arriving at the orphanage are children who have been living on the streets of Ukraine after fleeing homes of several abuse and neglect or have been abandoned by parents who can’t cope with the social and economic challenges of the times. When a child arrives they are first placed at the orphanage where they are provided a medical checkup and treatment for any illness or disease. The staff then works to identify the name and age of the child. They also gather information regarding the reason the child has come to the orphanage and assist the child in obtaining the necessary documentation to attend school. After this is accomplished the child is provided with any necessary psychological services. The last step is to determine if the child can return to his or her home. The orphanage has a history of certification by the Ministry of Family, Youth and Sport as one of the best orphanages in Ukraine.

 

Those children who can’t return home are then placed at the Chernigiv Boarding School. The school serves approximately 300 children at one time.   The boarding school provides the children with complete educational services and follows the national curriculum. This is in contrast to many boarding schools in Ukraine where educational resources minimal. The children at the Chernigiv Boarding School also have access to medical and psychological services.

 

Unfortunately the orphanage and boarding school face severe economical challenges in their effort to care for these children. They struggle daily to meet the basic needs of the children and provide them with education and experiences to nurture their growth and development.   The facility itself dates back to WWII and is badly need of repair. Despite these challenges the Chernigiv Children’s Orphanage and Boarding School have established a reputation as an organization able to keep children off the streets of Ukraine and help them to successfully reintegrate into Ukrainian society.

Population(s) Served

ILDC was formed in 2007 to address Ukraine's urgent need for best practice training in child welfare services and leadershi000 children presently live in orphanages, boarding schools and on the streets of Ukraine.  This is partly due to the belief that children living with at risk families are better off being removed from their homes and parents deserve to be punished for their inability to adequately care for their children.  ILDC operates with a vision that "children will live in families free from abuse and neglect as a result of families being responsive to their children and keeping them safe; communities being supportive of families; and professionals being well equipped to help strengthen families and protect children."

 

ILDC was formed by a team of international experts specifically to offer quality training and consultation to child welfare leadership, management and staff.  This team assisted in developing curriculum and trained over 30 national trainers in Ukraine.  They have since conducted training sessions for government organizations, NGOs, child welfare staff, foster families and adoptive families.  They are slowly changing the face of child welfare services in Ukraine.

 

In addition to trainings and consultations ILDC also administers "Adopt Ukraine."  Adopt Ukraine was formed to change the historically negative view of adoption in Ukraine.  Since 2007 they have facilitated 80 adoptions and have consulted with over 200 people regarding adoption and provided post adoption services. 

 

ILDC is a small organization with a modest, dedicated staff working with a limited budget.  Their work is making ground breaking improvements in the treatment of at risk children and their families.  For additional information on the innovative work of this organization please consider visiting their website at www.ildcua.org(http://www.ildcua.org) .

Population(s) Served

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Adults Helping Children Today-Ukraine

Board of directors
as of 6/7/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Earl DeCloux

Adults Helping Children Today, Inc., President and the Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation, President

Term: Mar 2006 -

Inna Tarovska DIRECTOR

No Affiliation

LADA BOLBUT AUDIT COMMITTEE MEMBER

No Affiliation

EARL DE CLOUX CHAIRMAN

Leon H. & Clymene M. Bond Foundation, President. Adults Helping Children Today, Inc., President

IVAN TSVIGUN AUDIT COMMITTEE MEMBER

No Affiliation

GARY ZIEGELBAUER MEMBER

Triangle Distributing Co., President