We are thrilled to announce the launch of our Foster Family Fund, a pivotal step in our ongoing commitment to fostering a brighter future. The fund aims to support civil society organisations that promote adoption and foster family models in Türkiye. Our primary goal is to ensure that children and young individuals under state protection are given the chance to prepare for life within safe and loving family environments and grow under family-based care.
The aftermath of the Kahramanmaras earthquakes has generated immense interest in the foster care system in Türkiye. The statistics speak volumes: applications for foster families surged from 669 to a staggering 323,675, while adoption applications increased from 560 to 65,175 after the earthquakes. Unfortunately, these numbers saw a substantial decline during the subsequent assessments, largely attributable to deep-seated misconceptions and a lack of comprehensive understanding of the foster care system. We launched the Foster Family Fund under our Kahramanmaras Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund, to combat the widespread misinformation about the foster care system and adoption following the Kahramanmaras earthquakes, and to support foster families.
The fund is initiated in cooperation with the Support Foundation for Civil Society (Sivil Toplum için Destek Vakfı), KRM Yönetim Danışmanlık, and Merve Üretmen. In this first year of the Foster Family Fund, we are pleased to allocate TRY 371,500 in grants to the following two civil society organisations:
- Denizli Foster Care Association (Denizli Koruyucu Aile Derneği) – TRY 198,500 grant: Denizli Foster Family Association will raise awareness about all aspects of foster care in the face of increasing misinformation about foster care and adoption, especially after the Kahramanmaras earthquakes, and the resulting inefficient use of resources. As part of this endeavour, the association will create a comprehensive five-part documentary series that delves into the foster care system. The documentary will shed light on both the positive and challenging experiences faced by foster families from the outset of the foster care journey to its conclusion.
- Istanbul Foster Care Association (İstanbul Koruyucu Aile Derneği) – TRY 173,000 grant: Istanbul Foster Care Association will focus on the educational needs of children between the ages of 7 and 15 who are currently living in foster care, and who have been away from school due to the Kahramanmaras earthquakes. The focus here is to provide vital cognitive support, bridging the gap in their disrupted education. The association will also work diligently to empower foster parents with the necessary skills to provide their children with a stable and enriching educational experience.
It is essential for all children under state protection to be integrated into family-based care systems during disasters, safeguarding their well-being and ensuring they have the opportunity to grow up within a family setting. Thus, the urgency lies in raising awareness about family-based care systems within Türkiye and facilitating pathways for individuals to seamlessly become part of this system, ultimately steering more children towards the embrace of caring families. As Turkey Mozaik Foundation, we are proud to nurture the interest sparked by the Kahramanmaras earthquakes.
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