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Social and Child Protection Directorate - Harghita County, Romania

DGASPC HR is a public institution under the Harghita County Council, situated in one of the ethnically diverse regions of Romania with a majority Hungarian population. The institution implements government policies and enforces social strategies to prevent and combat social exclusion and poverty. It is the major social service provider in Harghita offering services for a wide category of beneficiaries: children, youth, adults at risk and people with disabilities.

Around 1200 children and young adults are beneficiaries of family-type (foster parents) and residential care (residential youth homes), and more are supported by the emergency, counselling and psychological services.

With more than 800 employees, specialists, social and youth workers, care-givers, it provides services with and without residential care, develops strategies, action plans and collaborates with organizations and associations in the field.

It runs a wide range of care facilities: 2 Care Centers for adults, 2 for children with severe disabilities, 1 Recuperation Centre for Psychiatrically Disabled Persons, 7 network of residential youth care homes, from which 3 for children with disabilities, 1 foster care network, a Protected Homes Network to support the transition of young adults from the institutionalized care to independent life.

Through the services provided for children and young adult, the Directorate is partly responsible for creating conditions of a healthy (physical,  social and mental) development of its beneficiaries, like other youngsters may receive in a normal family. Developing different  educational programs  is that fore an important objective  for the community of the directorate. 

Throughout the years the Department has been involved in different transnational cooperation projects to identification new approaches in addition to the national practices seeking to contribute to the current needs of teenagers, and to better prevent negative outcomes of their usual habits of their lifestyle. Community involvement is one of the least considered current topics of the youth welfare policies, however it is a real challenge and it could create real opportunities.

Throughout the last decade the Directorate has been engaged in several transnational projects and activities aiming to provide new directions the development of educational programs for professionals working with children and young adults at risk and for the development of online awareness.

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