President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the Law "On ensuring organizational and legal conditions for social protection of orphans and children deprived of parental care" about mentoring.
The law introduces a mentoring institute to work with children who are brought up in care facilities for their support and preparation for independent living.
The definition and development of abilities of the child, the implementation of his or her interest in professional self-determination; providing child with accessible information about their rights and responsibilities; the formation of a child's practical skills aimed at adapting to independent living, in particular to address domestic issues, disposal own property and funds, obtaining educational, social, medical, administrative and other services; child familiarization with the practices of social dialogue and overcoming difficult life situations; facilitate the development of the child as a responsible, successful person; the formation of a child's healthy lifestyle are the main tasks of mentoring.
Mentoring is an activity undertaken by a person voluntarily. Adult can become a mentor if he or she is a competent person who has completed a training course on social adaptation of children and prepare them for independent living.
There are about 770 residential care facilities (boarding schools, orphanages, children's homes, homes for children, shelters for children) with more than 100 thousand children in Ukraine.
Only every tenth child who is in an institution is an orphan or child deprived of parental care. Other children have parents, but for various reasons (poverty, difficult living conditions, special educational needs) they live in the care facility and not at home.
Living in such institutions inflicts irreparable harm to the emotional and psychological state of the child. These children grow up unprepared for life outside of school and go into adulthood without having the necessary social skills.
Practical implementation of the norms of the bill will contribute to the development of public-private partnership, as the implementation of mentoring is expected to attract civic and charitable organizations.
On October 5 Ukrainian Parliament supported the bill on the protection of the rights of disabled persons and the prevention of arbitrariness in their hospitalization in psychiatric institutions, as well as to create conditions for the development of habilitation and rehabilitation programs.
Source: President's press service