Firefly strategically designs its programs along with its partners to create the greatest immediate impact, as well as longer-term sustainability. All programs focus on prevention and reform, and specifically target and support:
- Russian families who are socially at-risk
- Russian families who are raising children with disabilities
- Russian foster or adoptive families of formerly-institutionalized children
Firefly provides direct support by training and educating the following professionals:
Firefly also educates government officials and policymakers to help them develop guidelines and assessment standards. This enables them to set new expectations and levels of care throughout the child welfare system. Firefly’s project implementation plan follows proven methodology for overall success:
- Needs Analysis and Partner Identification
- Pilot and Participation Site Selection
- Training and Supervision
- Development of Guidelines for New Family Support Systems
- Project Evaluation
- Dissemination of Project Materials
Firefly has already made a tremendous impact in Russia by informing over 2,100 child welfare specialists about the damaging impact of institutionalization on infants and young children and about ways to develop support programs to keep children in families. Firefly has also extensively trained 125 direct care practitioners that have helped over 8,000 children and families to date, with an additional 3,600 served each year. To better understand Firefly’s impact, please view these hypothetical examples of what a family would be like with and without Firefly support.
Firefly's Current Project, “From Institutional Care To Family Support” Wins First Place in Russia-wide Competition!
The Managers’ Association of Russia announced the best corporate social responsibility projects as part of its “People Investor 2011” Forum. Firefly’s collaborative project with KPMG in Nizhny Novgorod won first place in the “developing local communities” category.