Child neglect is one of the most acute social problems in Russia. The number of orphans in
In 2006 Severstal initiated and began implementing a unique program, Road Home Program, which focuses on the comprehensive prevention of child neglect and social orphanhood in the town of
The Road Home Program provides foster care for orphaned children and prevention of child neglect and social orphanhood, including early prevention. Road Home focuses on finding the solution to underlying problems resulting in orphanhood and neglect of underage children, and crisis in family relationships. For example, the
A Childhood telephone hotline is available, as well as the Psychological Advice Service, where any resident of the region can get access to professional psychological help or information on the available social services. Additionally, a whole range of other initiatives are underway.
Road Home started as a joint project of Severstal, local authorities and social and psychological workers from a non-profit organization in
Since the launch of this program, five out of nine orphanages were closed down in Cherepovets because 362 children out of 552 found their new families. 724 children returned to their biological or substitute families. The program also provides professional psychological, social and financial support to 13,000 more citizens of Cherepovets every year through its various projects.
Experts acknowledge that currently
The uniqueness of the program lies in its fundamentally new approaches to social work and in the real tripartite consolidation of efforts of: