One of our projects in Lithuania came into contact with four siblings placed in foster care because of the alcohol problems of their parents. After a while, the siblings moved in with their parents again, but it was soon apparent that the parents still had problems with alcohol. The children were therefore moved back once again to the foster home.
One day, the children's mother started going to the organization Atsigrezks parent groups, a project Childhood supports, and eventually began to go even further. The project helps families reunite or at least build loving and supportive relationships. Children and parents participate in games, art classes and seminars on family relationships. Parents also get individual counseling, home visits, and courses in positive parenting.
Thanks to Atsigrezks, the children's parents began to work with social services and attended support meetings regularly. The relationships inside the family improved and the parents started to take better care of the home. Soon, the father also got a job. After the parents had been sober for six months, their four children were able to move back home - this time to a safe environment with parents who were capable of taking care of them.