News Story from Serbia: Children From Serbian Homes Are Often Adopted by Foreigners


Although a large number of abandoned children in Serbia are awaiting adoption, some of their families are never found in our country. Only in the course of 2015, eighty-four Serbian children were adopted by foreigners. Adoption is free and rigorous, according to the relevant ministry, adding that the most interested adopters from Sweden and America are.

Methus is a police detective from Detroit, and his wife Kristin’s nurse. Thousands of miles from America to Serbia, they say, were not an obstacle for them to come to Belgrade and adopt a five-year-old girl.

"At the very beginning, we did not immediately choose Serbia, but when we saw the girl waiting for her parents and all her qualities, we decided to come right now." We chose Serbia only because of the small, talented singer, "says Kristin Van Rahprost, adoptive.

Foreigners admit Serbian children according to our rules and are dictated by the Family Law. Unlike domestic adopters, strangers often take children with special needs as well.

"Our law says that no child can go to international adoption if the former body deciding on it – the Social Work Center – has not exhausted all the opportunities to find adequate adopters among domestic adopters," said Vesna Tekic, psychologist – an adviser at the Ministry of Labor and Employment.

And apart from homes for an uninhabited child, a third of children in the foreign country also go from family to family. Regardless of age, Serbia does not forget.

"What matters is that a foster family sends a message to a child that they love him and that he cares but encourages him to accept a new family because they are now" parents forever, "says Dobrila Grujić, Director of the Family Housing Center and adoption

"They usually have one box, and they call it ‘memory boxes’ in which they put their memories from Serbia, and later with their albums and all the good things they have got here, and the kids when they become aware of it and when they start talking about their own , then they open it and watch them together, "says Zoran Popovic, local representative" Hopskoč adapting ejdžensi "

According to the latest data, there are currently 66 children on the international adoption list. The reports received by the competent authorities in Serbia show that the children are well-off abroad because their family is important, no matter how many miles it was away.


Somewhere A Child is Waiting for You!


UNICEF Fostering Success Comes With A Price: Pemanency Denied to Unparented Children


Deinstitucionalizacija-01_-_380 Having seen great foster care provided to children in Serbia, I can personally attest to how great this is for kids… EXCEPT…. UNICEF holds solidly to the goal for every unparented child is to have a “family environment” rather than making permanency planning the end goal for every child – a forever family – not just a family “environment”. 

Read more.

Merry Christmas from Serbia!

Serbian Christmas (Badnje Vece) Recipes

By Barbara Rolek

3699c2a642705cb04837c529fb6e4af9 Most Serbians are Orthodox Christians who follow the Julian calendar. Thus, Christmas Eve is celebrated on Jan. 6 and Christmas on Jan. 7. In the old days, on Christmas Eve morning, Serbian fathers would take their eldest son to chop down (or in more recent times, buy) a young oak tree called a badnjak.  There is a festive badnjak burning at night and then a meatless meal which varies from family to family. Typically, wheat grass, that was planted on St. Nicholas Day, symbolizing a good harvest, and cesnica, which isn’t eaten until Christmas morning, are on the table.

Read more about how Serbians celebrate Christmas.

News from Serbia: Congratulations to the Tell Family on the adoption of Miss Nina!


News from Serbia: Meeting With the Ministry of Labor, Veterans and Social Affairs, Department of Family Support and Social Protection

20150330_135207 News from SERBIA: Yesterday’s meeting with the Ministry of Labor, Veterans and Social Affairs, Department of Family Support and Social Protection. Incredibly progressive attitudes towards prevention of abandonment, family preservation, permanency planning and the Triad. This may be one of the few countries that actually supports open adoption and supports mediation when requested. Impressive!!!

More News From Serbia: Meeting with Center for Foster Care and Adoptions of Belgrade, Serbia

 20150331_152007 The meeting with the Center for Foster Care and Adoptions of Belgrade was excellent.  I have so much respect for their work and especially appreciated how they are using the P.R.I.D.E model in preparing and repairing children that have experienced loss, separation, neglect and abuse.

News from Serbia: Hopscotch’s FIRST Serbia Program Family Is Home!!!! Congrats!!!!


News from Serbia: Hopscotch Adoption’s Second Serbian Program Adoption! Beautiful children are waiting for families.


News from Serbia: The Kybele Serbian team returned to Novi Sad, Serbia for its third visit!

Some of the Kybele team members and host staff in the labor and delivery area of the Klinika za Ginekologiju i Akuserstvo.

Serbian Team Returns for Third Visit to  The Clinical Center of Vojvodina in Novi Sad, Serbia

Article submitted by Dr. Curtis Baysinger and Dr. Ivan Velickovic

The Kybele Serbian team returned to Novi Sad, Serbia for its third visit in as many years. Hosted by the Clinical Center of Vojvodina, team members Ivan Velickovic, MD; Ferne Braveman, MD; Curtis Baysinger, MD; Sarah Foggi, MD; Medge Owen, MD; and Lawrence Fordjour, MD, built upon work that had occurred during the previous two years with host Dr. Borislava Pujic and other staff members. As in past years, a weekend conference (which attracted participants from Serbia and other Balkan countries) was followed by clinical instruction by Kybele team members. For the second year, lecturers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. participated during the weekend lecture course only.

Dr. Velickovic demonstrating epidural placement techniques.

In contrast to past years where the five days of the visit focused primarily on clinical practice by the staff at the Novi Sad Center, practitioners from the surrounding community also participated, with host staff acting as instructors.  Thirty-seven regional blocks for labor analgesia were performed, using equipment donated by BBraun Serbia.

56f08ee9fbc65ee79e59edb7d86f6a3f Resident physicians who were rotating in obstetric anesthesia at the Novi Sad site were given hands-on training, as well as instruction provided both by Kybele members and host staff. The training model of host staff acting as instructors for resident hands-on training is not the current model for residency education at the Clinical Center.  The training may significantly change the current training practices going forward.

Protocols for regional labor analgesia, regional anesthesia for cesarean section, and regional opioid analgesia were developed with the host staff and were put into practice. Two mobile carts for storing supplies for regional anesthesia were donated by Kybele and both were stocked with supplies by the host.

Suggestions for evidence-based practice were made to staff obstetricians and neonatologists to help improve resource utilization and patient care. Return visits are planned for June 2015 and September 2015. 

During the visit, Pujic and Velickovic were interviewed on Novi Sad’s morning talk show "Good Morning Novi Sad" and discussed the partnership between the Novi Sad Center and Kybele as well as the progress toward increased use of regional analgesia. 

See MORE PHOTOS of this recent Serbia program.

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