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Children grow when given love

“I wish every child had a place of their own, a person to take care of them, a family. Like us”, Aurelija (15) told us.

She joined her foster family, Aunt Anica and Uncle Zoran, as a five-year-old. Andrea (16) and Vanesa (18) also joined the family as little girls.

Aunt Anica, as the girls call her, and her husband made a decision 14 years ago to give love, care and a warm family home to children without parental care. She told us this was her life calling: “We bring all children up with love, and my children think of our adopted children as their brothers and sisters. We are in touch with all the children who have lived with us, they visit us for holidays, stay here for a few weeks, and we spend time together”.

Everything is the same as in any other family, said Vanesa. “Aunt Anica talks to us when we are having a hard time, and there is no judging, only lots of love and care. If children cannot receive love from their parents, I think it is important they receive it from a person who can give it to them, who wants to take care of them. You cannot get this in a children’s home. It’s not like a family there.”

"“A foster family gives you love and care, and that is crucial. Aunt Anica does this out of love, and this is evident. It is better for children to have a family that will give them love and care instead of being in a children’s home – I wouldn‘t wish that on anyone.”"

Nježnost, podrška u teškim trenucima i brojne životne sitnice zajedno stvaraju obiteljski dom. No toplina i podrška obitelji ostaje san za djecu koja odrastaju u institucijama jer, usprkos naporima stručnih djelatnika, niti jedna institucija djeci ne može pružiti bliskost i sigurnost kakvu pruža obitelj.

 „Djeca koja nemaju roditelje znaju kako je to. Mene su moji roditelji ostavili. Udomiteljstvo je nešto što ti pruža nadu za život, za sve“, kazala nam je Aurelija.

Bez obitelji, u dječjim domovima u Hrvatskoj djetinjstvo provodi više od 1000 djece. Odrastanje u takvim uvjetima dokazano ostavlja trajne posljedice na djeci. Stoga je iznimno važno za djevojčice i dječake poput Aurelije, Vanese i Andree osigurati odrastanje u brižnim udomiteljskim obiteljima. Samo uz Vašu pomoć to možemo ostvariti!

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Updated: 16 March 2018
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