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I am very concerned to learn about the proposed amendments to the Non-Profit Legal Entities Act under consideration, which would create a very hostile environment for those civil society organisations with public benefit status that are in receipt of foreign funding.

In particular, I am concerned to see the proposal to label such organisations essentially as foreign agents, to subject them to financial inspections without any objective cause, to take away their public benefit status for a minor breach of…


One year after the massacre of the girls

Ending human rights violations against children and adolescents housed 
in institutions:



Those working in child protection see parents and families at their worst. It is often difficult not to be judgmental and this creates a barrier that prevents meaningful engagement.

Empathy and understanding are emotional conditions. We cannot simply instruct professionals to “be understanding”.  Even if they act as if they are empathetic and avoid expressing judgment (as part of something we…


The Opening Doors for Europe’s Children campaign released a new publication titled “Deinstitutionalisation of Europe’s Children: Questions and Answers”. 

The resource provides quick answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the transition from institutional to family- and community-based care for children, also known as deinstitutionalisation (DI). The publication is designed to answer in a simple and user-friendly way what are institutions for children, why close institutions and spend on deinstitutionalisation, what EU and the national governments can…


Opening Doors for Europe’s Children – Phase II video has been launched on 02 November 2017 during International Foster Care Organisation conference in Malta. 16 National Coordinators and 5 International Partners provide an answer to a question: what needs to be done to open doors for a bigger and brighter future for children in care in Europe? Watch it online and discover more. 

Hundreds of thousands of children across Europe are growing up in institutional care. The…


At the beginning of November 2016, the new amendments in the Regulation for Implementation of Social Assistance Act were enacted. According to them, the name and the profile of the existing Family Type Placement Centers for children and youth with disabilities were changed. Following these amendments that differentiate the existing family-type placement centres for children and young people with disabilities to such being only for children and separately for adolescents, the Agency for Social Assistance…


Coalition “Childhood 2025”, is a group comprising civil society organizations and  networks, representing more than 150 NGOs from all over the country and others who work in the field of deinstitutionalization DI). The goal that unites us is pursuit of a  guarantee that DI will continue to be sustained regardless of political changes with its main priorities intact, namely – the development of individual community-based care for each child on a basis that takes full account of…


1017402_628184813860312_1302555758_nEquilibrium and Dreams and Teams have had a relationship for several years that grew out of the support both organizations provided to the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms project.

Our shared devotion to adventure and outdoor play means that we have both made child-oriented contributions to the Uzana Polyana festivals devoted to ecological responsibility and protection. 

During 2014, David was privileged to contribute directly to a Dreams and Teams project. Returning to Bulgaria from Scotland late on a Saturday night,…