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Rehabilitation Center “Steaua Sperantei” - Dorohoi

Foundation “Star of Hope Romania” started its activity in Dorohoi town in 2003, activity regarding recovery and integration in society of children with Down syndrome from Dorohoi town and around. During that time Star of Hope sets up the first day care center for children with Down syndrome. From 2006 Rehabilitation Center “Steaua Sperantei” (Star of Hope) develops its activity in the same building with Kindergarten no.9 “Stefan cel Mare si Sfant”. The community of Dorohoi town can be proud of a model of best practice in the inclusion of children with special needs recognized nationally and internationally.

Rehabilitation Center “Steaua Sperantei” offers support services and counseling for children with special needs and their families.

The beneficiaries of the center are 30 children with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, microcephaly, mental retardation, epilepsy and their parents. Through development of this project in Dorohoi were attracted numerous international specialists who have transferred their knowledge to Romanian specialists and teachers in kindergartens and schools from town.

At the center are two specialists Dorohoi that work for children and parents. The needs are growing because we are the only center in the municipality Dorohoi that provides services to persons with disabilities. We collaborate and develop partnerships with city hall of Dorohoi and other 4 villages’ halls, 8 schools and 11 kindergartens from town and in rural area.

Currently, the project doesn’t receive financial support from the state and this creates difficulties to sustain center activities. Constantly, we must seek individual sponsors to the support and develop this project.

Services offered by the Center are:

  • Recovery and rehabilitation therapies for children with special needs and preparing them for integration in kindergartens and schools.
  • Parents counseling, individual and group therapy, to overcome the crisis period and accepting to be actively involved in the development and integration of their child with disabilities
  • Local community awareness campaign to the issue of children with special needs
  • Establishment of the association of parents of children with special needs and its development – calls “ Mereu Impreuna” (Always together) in 2008
  • Development of independent living skills
  • Children’s socializing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Counseling, offering information on the legislative framework and about disabilities issues
  • Evaluation of socio-family issue
  • Support group for mothers and fathers
  • Information and training for teachers from state schools
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