What is it about?
The www.fairstartfoundation.com unites child researchers, NGO and government agencies, to train daily caregivers of children and youth without parental care in attachment-based practices. Local partner staff are educated in online classrooms, to train groups of foster parents and group home staff with programs in local language versions, adjusted to culture.
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Why is it important?
According to UN, 170 million children are de facto orphans, at risk of substandard care. This calls for large scale interventions, helping organizations train caregivers from research-based standard educations and trainings. The www.fairstartfoundation.com online classrooms are formed in partnerships, to build local competence systems expertise. More than 500 staff have graduated 6 month educations, and trained the caregivers of 40.000 children in 26 countries. The blended learning design reduces partner costs for education by 80 %, and outcomes are measured in research. 20 language program versions are free at site for professionals.
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This page is a summary of: Improving the mental health of abandoned children: Experiences from a global online intervention., American Psychologist, December 2020, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/amp0000726.
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The Fairstart Foundation
Info to organizations interested in staff group education in online classrooms. Free versions of training programs in 20 languages, covering attachment-based daily care and learning for children and youth in Alternative Care. 15 three hour sessions cover all common aspects. News about current partner projects with Greenland government and SOS Children's Villages, in four East Afrcai countries.
Videos from local partnerships in English, Spanish subtitles
Demonstrations from many countries of staff educations, training and care situations
APA award keynote on how migration and urbanization affect family systems and cause child abandonment
The author describes ongoing research in effects of migration and urbanization on traditional family care cultures, an analysis used for intervention designs. Also, elements and principles of the online-based intervention program to improve child mental health.
Author´s scientific papers, books and presentations, in several languages
For other papers, see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Niels_Rygaard2, and http://www.nielspeterrygaard.com/NPR-hjemmeside/Home.html
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