The most beautiful part of the old park Sremska Kamenica, leaning on the bank of the Danube was chosen area where the village was built. Natural landscape, architectural furnishings create a sense of the nature park with two rows of picturesque red-roofed houses lined up in a circle form a harmonious composition of the village.
Daily, 365 days a year, lead teachers, carers and professionals of different profiles (social worker, educator, psychologist, special education teacher …) taking care about children. Treatment for children is planned along with the Centers for Social Work. Since founding, the Children’s Village networked in the social security system of the Republic of Serbia.
Quality care for children involves multi-sector collaboration and multidisciplinary approach with fully involvement of other stakeholders outside the social security system. First of all, that includes education and health systems. Major contributions to creating a stimulating environment make different non-governmental organizations.
Life of youth, theirs empowering, growing and working takes place in several locations in Novi Sad.
The process of working in the Children’s Village is organized through services such as:
- Department for accommodation and care for children and young people based in Sremska Kamenica, Children’s Village 1 – 13 and 2A and 2B with a capacity of 120 places.
- Department for alternative forms of care and support programs for children and young people and
- Department for general and common tasks which carries out general and common activities of interest for the entire institution
In Sremska Kamenica situated 15 high-standard facilities, 12 houses intended for children and young people living, while other objects intended for use Children’s Village administration.
Work organization is set up on the way that each house is a separate family. Relation between children has been created in contest of older and younger brothers and sisters. They socialize together and continue support thought whole life.
In the urban area of Novi Sad village has 8 fully equipped, flats and a house with two apartments. This space is intended for young people who are on the path of independence, as well as young people who are studying at universities in Novi Sad. All of the above objects that are placed within the separated part of the Children’s Villages were obtained donor funding heritage. This program is called the “House on a half way”.
Children’s Village few year ago as gift got weekend house near the town, which is intended for program youth activities throughout the year.
Houses on the half way
The “Halfway House” is one of the most important alternative protection programs for young people who have designed the Children’s Village in 1995.as responds on a question where after completion of professional training and leaving care. This program allows young people who have long been living in the village and graduated from high school or continue their education help to gradually become self-sufficient and take full responsibility for independent living. The concept of the program involves the existential and psychological support to the self-organization of life that is based on the values of their own work.
It began modestly with one apartment, which was a gift, and after that, the support of the International Children’s Villages and the citizens of Novi Sad was a eight-equipped apartment and a house with two separate apartment with a total capacity of 28 places. These facilities allow young men to prolong his stay until two or three years, depending on their needs.
Basic characteristics of the “Halfway House”:
Young people are involved in the professional training program which includes practical training for independent living.
Young people are involved in activities for mastering important pragmatic skills (driving tests, language schools, school computers) to facilitate employment and other activities necessary for independent living
Transfer and develop a model of social and life skills to young people who are related to planning, legislation, funding, household, interpersonal relationships, work and relationship with yourself
- Achieving a dynamic balance between freedom and responsibility
- Existential and psychological support
- The formation of social support networks and organized in preparation for independent living
- Cooperation with local communities regarding employment and with regulations
- Advisory work with young people while in the program and the program exit
- Collaboration with employers