Children Center

FAR Children’s Center

Goal

FAR Children’s Center provides a safe haven for at-risk children through a process of prevention, protection and recovery.

Objectives

  • To contribute to child protection through lobbying, advocacy and application of social technologies
  • To provide short-term rehabilitation services to children such as shelter, medical care, psychosocial support and legal assistance
  • To build the capacity of child protection specialists
  • To increase public awareness of child protection issues in Armenia

Types of Services

  • Social work: assessment, evaluation and counseling for the child and family
  • Healthcare: examination on site and at local medical centers, treatment plans and follow up
  • Psychological therapy: evaluation and counseling for the child and family
  • Art therapy: studio art sessions to foster self-expression and creativity
  • Social pedagogical support: individual and group sessions to develop cognitive and behavioral skills, interpersonal communication and intellectual capacity
  • Police support: 24 hour legal and emergency services
  • Parental skills development
  • Vocational training programs
  • Shelter and crisis intervention
  • Hotline and helpline service
  • Provision of social assistance packages for children and families at risk

Inception Date
2000

Coordinator
Dr. Mira Antonyan, Children Support Center Foundation Executive Director

Partners

  • UNICEF
  • Child Protection Network
  • Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
  • Ministry of Education and Science
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Local and national law enforcement
  • Armenian Apostolic Church
  • Local and regional municipalities
  • Yerevan State University
  • Armenian Association of Social Workers
  • Commission on Trusteeship and Guardianship
  • Schools (general, vocational, boarding)
  • Ombudsmen’s Office
  • Other local governance bodies involved in child protection

Average Annual budget
$250,000

Number of Beneficiaries (last 3 years)

  • 4044 beneficiaries in 2013

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