(28.05.2007) The boys are protected by the regional government The Community offers aid of € 1,500 to € 5,000 to take care of them. There are also foster care for the summer only. They are kids who carry tragic stories behind their backs that range from mistreatment to abandonment. . They are between 0 and 18 years old and some are looking for a host family. In total, the Community protects 4,700 children. Of these, 40% are foreigners, 1,900 are in the network of centers of the Ministry of Family and Social Affairs and 2,800 live with host families. However, there are still 76 other children waiting for a home.
Foster care is a formula that allows children to enjoy a family atmosphere while their situation is resolved. "In no case is it an adoption, since the children can return to their biological family," they explain from Social Affairs. They are kids from 0 to 18 years old, some victims of abuse. There are no strict requirements to take in children. The first thing is to go to the Institute for Minors and the Family and submit the application. The delivery period will be open until September 30 and the minimum reception period is six months.
The Community gives a one-time aid of 1,500 euros and 800 more if there is a sibling to people who are related to the foster child. In unrelated families the pay ranges from 2,700 to 5,000 euros. The 76 children that the Community of Madrid has under its care are not the only ones looking for a home. In conflictive or extremely poor countries, thousands of kids wait every year for a helping hand that will teach them a different reality from the everyday.
Pepo Díaz wanted to do it with José Luis, a 12-year-old Guatemalan minor whose mother disappeared without a trace and left him in the care of his father and brothers. José Luis came last summer thanks to the management of the newborn NGO Infancia Solidaria, chaired by Pepo. Palestinian and Iraqi children can also be welcomed for a month. «It was a wonderful experience. José Luis returned to his country very enthusiastic and convinced that he has to study to get ahead and break his cycle of poverty ”, says Pepo. What José Luis liked the most during his stay was the Spanish food and the swimming pools. “I didn't want to get out of the water!” Pepo recalls. Infancia Solidaria is taking steps for Madrid families to take in 25 children from Palestine and 28 from Iraqi Kurdistan during July and August. Kurds are orphans and live in orphanages. Preference will be given to families with children. For foster care, parents will have to pay 600 euros for Palestinian children and 1,200 for Iraqis. More information in www.infanciasolidaria.org.
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