We believe that every child deserves to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. Our Child Protection programs aim to prevent and respond to all forms of abuse, exploitation, and neglect. We work closely with local communities, governments, and partners to strengthen child protection systems, provide training and support to caregivers, and raise awareness about children's rights. Our goal is to create protective environments that allow children to thrive and reach their full potential.
Psychosocial & Legal Support Services
Our services are addressed to every child, regardless of personal characteristics and background, and are provided free of charge. Our approach of psychological interventions is child-centered, taking into account the best interest of the child, as well as the social and legal aspects of the presented difficulties. We apply a holistic approach and interdisciplinary case management, working alongside social workers and legal professionals employed by the organization according to the needs.
Our services are provided among others, to children who experience difficult life events, family difficulties, or adaptation challenges (e.g., parental divorce, running away from home, school bullying, domestic violence, death of a loved one, behavioral problems, etc.). Similar services are provided to parents so that support for children is achieved through a systemic approach, while also strengthening their parental skills. The services include individual therapy for children, family counseling, and psycho-education, and the duration is determined on a case-by-case basis, based on an individualized therapeutic plan.
In addition, we provide 24-hour support and counseling through the Hope For Children Helplines, and depending on the need, the calls are referred to the organization's team of psychologists, lawyers, and social workers.
Hope For Children operates the Children’s House (CH), a child friendly, safe environment for sexually abused children, bringing together all relevant services under one roof, using a multidisciplinary and interagency approach. It has been established based on the Icelandic “Barnahus” model with the direct involvement and cooperation of all competent governmental authorities.
Shelters for Unaccompanied Children
The shelters, called “Homes For Hope”, and the semi-independent residences are operating 24/7 covering basic needs to their residents and providing specialized services including legal, social and psychological support and rehabilitation by trained and specialized staff using a holistic approach.
Hope For Children supports the institution of foster care by promoting it to attract interested potential foster parents and by providing multi-faceted services. More specifically, the services include the suitability assessment of foster candidates, the psycho-emotional and psycho-social support to foster parents and children, the regular monitoring and training of the foster families.
Hope For Children operates the European Hotline for Missing Children 116000, the Child Abduction Alert and the European Helpline for Children and Adolescents 116111. For the purpose of 116000, HFC is a member of the European Federation Missing Children Europe. It also participates as a member in the Child Helpline International sharing its expertise with organizations all over Europe.