The partnership between Karin Dom and Societe Generale Expressbank has been developing for 5 years now and is based on providing equal access to good quality social services to children with special needs.
In March 2012 Societe Generale Expressbank and “Karin Dom” foundation announced the start of the “Support a family” national program for early childhood development. Nine months later the results are more than promising: 24 children and their families from all over the country have gained equal access to good quality social services.
The program has realized 280 therapeutic sessions with a speech therapist, a psychologist and a rehabilitation therapist, 156 consultations with a social worker or a pediatrician, as well as 28 programs prepared by experts. Up to this moment, advantages of the program have taken families from 15 towns within the county: Burgas, Sofia, Ruse, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora, Svilengrad, Smolyan, Yambol, Sliven, Nessebar, Staro Oryahovo, Shumen, Dobrich, Balchik and Silistra. The aim of the “Support a family” program is to break up the commonly adopted way of treating disabled children and to help the families get through the challenges they face without having to leave the child under the guardianship of an institution.
The program provides series of services supporting early childhood development, while some of them include appreciation of the child’s condition; an individual therapy session with a rehabilitation therapist, a pedagogue, a psychologist; consultations with a social worker and a pediatrician; participation in game groups, as well as preparation of a domestic program, where parents can work with their child in a home environment. Among the main objectives of the “Support a family” program are the early intervention and integration of children with special needs and their families. Parents taking part in “Support a family” are provided with directions and practical advices from experts on how to correctly take care of the physical and psychical development of their children.