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"No matter where children with disabilities live, they can do many things!"


7,000 people in Bulgaria are denied the right to have a job, get married, or make decisions about their lives - simply because they have ...

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Renetta & Ronie*: Foster care is changing lives in Bulgaria


Foster care is changing the lives of vulnerable children in Bulgaria. When Renetta met her foster child Ronie*, who has cerebral palsy, the girl had ...

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A Pinch of Salt for Self-Esteem


A group of Bulgarian self-advocates created a cookery book to coincide with World Youth Skills Day 2018, for young deinstitutionalised people who had never been ...

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Universal periodic review – Bulgaria 2015


In 2009, Lumos began working with the Bulgarian State Agency for Child Protection as it planned its reforms of residential child care, which involved 137 ...

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Listening Together


Listening Together is intended to give a flavour of some of the methods used by the TWIA teams in Bulgaria, Serbia and the Czech Republic ...

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An analysis of the financing of the deinstitutionalisation process in Bulgaria


The 2015 report looks at the strategy and finances required to work towards deinstitutionalisation in Bulgaria. The financing of the reform is in itself complex, ...

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Ending institutionalisation: Moving from an institution to a community


This report shares outcomes of a group of 1,292 children and young people with disabilities who have transitioned out of large residential institutions (institutions) into ...

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Lumos co-hosts conference to highlight progress of reform of services for vulnerable children


New film released by Lumos on the closure of Krushari - Bulgaria’s largest institution for children with disabilities

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J.K Rowling and the Child in the Cage


JK Rowling was reading The Sunday Times one weekend in 2004 when she came across a picture of a child looking distressed, perhaps screaming. She ...

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Ani's Story: Moving to a small group home and overcoming obstacles


“Ani is friendly, smiles a lot, likes contact with others. Repeats words she has heard without understanding their meaning (eholalic speech). She is fed blended ...

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Closing Krushari: A former institution in Bulgaria


In Eastern Europe, it is still common for children with disabilities to be raised in institutions. In countries where health and social care is more ...

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Veliko and Mihaela reflect on the Zero Project in Vienna


Veliko and Mihaela, self-advocates from Bulgaria, attended the Zero Project conference in Vienna with Lumos at the end of February 2015.

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Mihaela's Story: Working with Lumos as a Professional Self-Advocate


Mihaela, now in her mid-20s, has an intellectual disability. Having spent time in an institution herself, Michaela now advocates for children’s rights to family-based care, ...

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Has life improved for children with disabilities under Bulgaria’s reformed care services?


Reform of child care and protection systems in Bulgaria has taken an important step forward with the start of assessments of more than 1000 children ...

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The importance of the bond between mother and child


5 August 2015 in the Community Center building Lumos and Gen. Toshevo Municipality will organize an event aiming to highlight the importance of the bond ...

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Lumos celebrates the opening of a new Family Support Room at Dobrich Hospital


Lumos is proud to be involved in the opening of a new room at Dobrich Hospital in Bulgaria today, which will facilitate support services for ...

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Dessi and B’s story: Poverty Drives Families Apart


For some families it is grinding poverty and the absence of any local care support that forces them to institutionalise a beloved child.

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'I Was Told By The Doctor To Leave My Child...'


On 25 April 2012 Lumos held a press conference in Bulgaria, together with the State Agency for Child Protection and the Agency for Social Assistance, ...

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Closing Krushari


Krushari was the most notorious and largest state institution in Bulgaria for children with severe and complex disabilities. Our latest film Closing Krushari, gives an ...

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Lumos’ recommendations to the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU


Lumos’ recommendations to the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU: Protecting the most vulnerable children, inside and outside of Europe

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Ivan's story: my childhood at Rudnik


This is how Ivan describes Rudnik, a state institution in Bulgaria where he spent his childhood. It housed 35 children with disabilities and was described ...

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