Natalia Vodianova leads round table event on “Family support – investing in the future” as part of the Every Child Deserves a Family Forum


Founder of the Naked Heart Foundation Natalia Vodianova brought together representatives of charitable and voluntary organisations at a round table event entitled “Family support – investing in the future”. The open discussion, moderated by Marianna Maksimovskaya, took place alongside the main programme of the Every Child Deserves a Family forum.

The round table participants discussed existing shortcomings in the area of family support and possibilities for developing services to support families raising children with disabilities and foster children. What is required by parents of children with special needs and foster parents during the children’s early years? The need to stop placing children in institutions, reform the system of children’s homes, and modify the approach to providing care to young children who have been deprived of parental care. How can early intervention services be made more accessible?

The participants discussed the consequences of failing to provide effective early intervention services, what children can achieve when they benefit from early intervention programmes in a timely manner, and many other issues relating to family support.

The following people joined Natalia Vodianova for the round table discussion: Elena Alshanskaya, President of “Volunteers to support orphans”; Natalia Zlobina, President of Vykhod Foundation in Belgorod, which works with children with autism; Elena Klochko, Chair of the Council of Russian Organisations of Parents of Children with Disabilities (BORDI); Svyatoslav Dovbnya, child neurologist and Naked Heart expert, Natalia Rodikova, Editor-in-Chief of Domashny Ochag magazine; Olga Ushakova, presenter on Russia’s Channel 1; and Anaida Ivanova, Director of Development at EDexpert magazine.

The round table event took place in parallel to the main programme of the Every Child Deserves a Family forum, which has been organised on an annual basis by the Naked Heart Foundation since 2012. The forum is a unique platform for communication and exchange of experience, not only between Russian and international specialists, but also with representatives of parents’ organisations and foreign experts with international experience in working with children and young people with special needs.

The forum gives participants the opportunity to regularly find out about the work of their Russian and foreign colleagues and facilitates the creation of a professional community in Russia. This year, the Forum took place between 15 and 17 October in Moscow and focused on the topic of early intervention programmes.

Watch a video of the round table below:

The following people have taken place in such round table discussions in previous years: Vladimir Posner, Dima Bilan, Ksenia Sobchak, Lika Kremer, Svetlana Zeinalova, Svetlana Sorokina, Anita Gigovskaya, Sergei Belogolovtsev, Elena Korovina, Andrei Loshak, Sofiko Shevardnadze, Avdotya Smirnova, Lyubov Arkus, Anton Komolov, Rustem Adagamov, Bakur Bakuradze, Katerina Gordeeva, the Deputy Minister of Education and Science Veniamin Kaganov, and many others.

Media partners: Russia 24, Sotsialny Navigator, Rossiya Segodnya, Domashny Ochag

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