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Foster care support service in 2021

Maarja Kuldjärv
Maarja Kuldjärv

 

Since 2016, the Social Insurance Board has been coordinating the ESF project ‘Improving the quality of foster care’. Within the framework of which support services have been provided to the adoptive families, foster families, workers in family houses or substitute homes, and young people leaving foster care and starting independent lives.

As previously mentioned, we will continue to organise services next year and the following year, and we will provide a more detailed overview of the operation of services in 2021. Namely, the Social Insurance Board is currently carrying out three procurements:

‘Support services for family-based substitute care providers’ for the year 2021

Ordered within the framework of the procurement are the provision of support services to foster families and adoptive families, to support them in raising their children, to prevent and help solve any problems that may arise.

The following services are ordered as support services within the framework of the procurement: family support service, mentoring, psychological counselling, and support groups.

Mentoring, psychological counselling and group services that have worked so far will continue. A family support service is planned as a new service. Within the framework of which the family will receive a support specialist, who will be in regular contact with the family, monitoring the family’s progress and coping, providing advice and helping to find answers to questions and solutions to concerns. We believe that this will help strengthen the feeling of security and safety in families and support the well-being of children. Meaningful cooperation between all parties is very important: the supporter of the family, the family and also the local government.

More detailed terms and conditions are described in the procurement documents, which can be found on the homepage of the Social Insurance Board.

We are looking for organisations that have been operating in the field of family-based foster care for at least 2 years, offering counselling services to families. The deadline for submission of tenders is 4 December 2020 at 15.00, to the e-mail address maarja.kuldjarv@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee.

 

‘Support services for workers in family houses or substitute homes’ for the year 2021

The provision of support services to the staff of substitute and family homesis ordered within the framework of the procurement in order to support them in raising children, prevent burnout and staff turnover, thereby ensuring a stable and safe living environment for children.

The following services are ordered as support services within the framework of the procurement: group supervision, individual supervision, management supervision, guided family conversation.

The existing supervision will continue, as a guided family interview is plannedas a new service, which is offered on the recommendation of the Social Insurance Board in order to develop skills in substitute or family homes to talk openly and honestly about various issues and find solutions to problems together.

More detailed terms and conditions are described in the procurement documents, which can be found on the homepage of the Social Insurance Board.

We are awaiting the submission of tenders from organisations with previous experience in providing supervision services. The deadline for submission of tenders is 4 December 2020 at 15.00, to the e-mail address maarja.kuldjarv@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee.

 

Support person service for young people leaving alternative care and starting independent life by 2021.

The target group for the service is a young person who is leaving the substitute care service or a family for guardianship in an after-care service or independent living (young people who have lived in a substitute home/family home, foster family/family care and family guardianship). A young person who has become pregnant or become a mother during substitute care may also receive a support person.

The support person helps the young person to start an independent life more smoothly, by supporting and helping them in coping with everyday activities (for example: getting information about the services and benefits to which they are entitled; guiding them on how to use those services and benefits; preparing applications and other documents when communicating with various institutions, providing guidance when applying for a job, etc.).

 

Who can be a support person?

A trust-support person – is a person who is familiar and close to the young person (e.g. the parent in a guardianship or foster family, the substitute home family parent/educator, youth centre employee) who is ready to be a support person for the young person and who the young person wants to be their support person. A trusted support person is expected to have a certain level of education or training.

The professional support person is not someone the young person is familiar with, has completed support person training or holds an education in the social field. A professional support person is suitable for a young person who is unable to get or who does not want a loved one to be a support person. A professional support person can be provided by the local government or a service provider.

A support person ‘from a young person for a young person’ who has grown up in substitute care, who copes well independently and has completed support person training.

The conditions for providing the service are similar to the support person service operating today. The volume of the service is up to 118 hours per service recipient per year.

The procurement is divided into 5 parts: the provision of services in the north, south, east, west region and the ‘from young person to young person’ support person service. The deadline for submission of tenders is 11 December 2020 at 15.00, to the e-mail address  maarja.kuldjarv@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee

The provision of services is financed from the European Social Fund, within the framework of the conditions for granting support ‘Improving the quality of substitute care’.

Additional information about procurements: Maarja Kuldjärv, maarja.kuldjarv@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee