“No matter their parental relationship, whether biological or foster parents, all parents need help and support, in particular during crisis situations”, – Tatiana Burova.
Belarus is currently facing a critical shortage of organisations and professionals able to offer qualified psychological and psychiatric assistance to children and parents affected by life crises of various sorts. This view is echoed by parents themselves and professionals in the field. Recently launched EU project “School of Parents”, financed by the Civil Society Facility in the Eastern Partnership is attempting to address this shortfall.
As parents turn to the school with different problems, help is offered on an individual, case-by-case basis. Some may only require social assistance, while others are looking for legal or psychological help. In particularly difficult situations the school offers integrated support services, including psychiatric and rehabilitation assistance. While some families may only need occasional support, others consult the school on a long-term basis.
The aim of the school is to help parents be good parents for their children.