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Grapevine, River Center host visitors from Moldova

The Grapevine in Antrim and The River Center in Peterborough will host child welfare professionals from the Republic of Moldova who want to learn how to expand their own programs to better connect families with their communities, improve parenting skills, and prevent child abuse and neglect. Stela Grigoras, director of Partnerships for EveryChild, and colleague Angela Caretnicova, will visit on Oct. 23, and hope to take what they learn from the two family and community resource centers back to their country.

Since 2011, Beth Bradford of Hancock, an international child welfare consultant and family support program director at The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center, has been working with Partnerships for EveryChild to improve protection systems for children, youth and families in Moldova, with a particular focus on how to prevent out-of-home placement of children.

Over a decade ago, the Republic of Moldova, a small landlocked country between Ukraine and Romania, institutionalized children who needed protection at an extremely high rate. Moldova had one of the highest per capita rates of children in orphanages in Eastern Europe. In just a few short years, 15 orphanages have been closed, over 7,000 children are in family-based alternative care like foster families, there are 1,200 trained social workers, and the progress towards better services for children and families continues. Partnerships for EveryChild is one of the country’s largest nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations involved in this effort.

The Moldovan visit to the Monadnock region will follow several days of Grigoras making presentations in Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

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