Yeladim – Fair Chance for Children
In Israel today, as many as 10,000 children between the ages of 5 to 18 are growing up in 127 residential group homes and in foster families, around the country.
These children were transferred from broken homes by the welfare authorities, after having been exposed to particularly dim circumstances; Most of them have endured many years of pain, domestic violence, abandonment, and abuse.
As many as 1,500 of these children have absolutely no family backing, and are essentially, nobody’s children.
“Yeladim – Fair Chance for Children” winner of the president’s excellence award, is a non-profit organization, supporting children and youth from all demographic sectors in Israel, who were placed in residential group homes and foster families. For the past 30 years, “Yeladim” has been operating social, therapeutic and educational programs for these children, in areas which are not provided for by the state. Our leading programs receive matching from the ministries of welfare and education, but rely heavily on donations from foundations, corporate partnerships and private donors.
To provide each child with opportunities similar to those accessible to children being raised by their parents in normative homes, so that they too can grow-up to become functioning and contributing members of society.
“Yeladim” operates in four main areas:
- Operating educational, rehabilitative and therapeutic programs in residential group homes throughout Israel.
- Acting as legal guardians, appointed by the court, to children with no family backing.
- Running a program that combines transitional housing and counseling to graduates of residential group homes who have no family backing.
- Ongoing lobbying to protect the rights of children who reside in residential group homes and of graduates of such homes.