Societe Generale Expressbank and Karin Dom foundation announced the official start of their partnership programme for 2012. The bank, which is working together with Karin Dom for a fourth year in a row, will support the organization’s Early Intervention integrated developmental service. The national program consists of four inter-related services – home visits by a mobile team, support for breast-feeding, family support network, and play groups. They all support families with children with disabilities or at risk of developing a disability (age 0-4). The programme aims at supporting efforts in the community to prevent the abandonment of children in state-run institutions.
“Supporting children, and securing a healthy and supportive environment in which they live in is amongst our Bank’s main priorities”, said Philippe Lhotte, Chief Executive Officer of Societe Generale Expressbank. “It is great that this programme provide an opportunity for the parents and the specialists to work together, and overcome the difficulties, developing their potential in the best possible environment – their home”.
Mariana Nikolova, Executive Director of Karin Dom foundation, adds “We highly appreciate Societe Generale Expressbank’s support and commitment throughout the years. Every family has the right of access to high quality services that secure live in dignity and satisfaction with parenting. We strongly believe that other companies will follow Societe Generale Expressbank’s example”.
The Early Intervention Programme will secure 35 families in Bulgaria. They will visit Karin Dom specialized center for a one-week intensive session. Generally, the program includes partnerships between professionals and practitioners with expertise in different areas (e.g. speech, physiotherapy). A multi-disciplinary team works together to develop intervention plans which are based on an assessment of the child’s strengths and difficulties and informed by parental input, observations, and curriculum-based or standardized assessment tools.