The basic mission of the Tereza Maxová Foundation is to enable every child to grow up in a family.
Although this may seem like a simple goal, approximately 24,000 children in the Czech Republic are currently growing up outside of their original family, mostly in foster care. This ranks the Czech Republic worst in Europe in terms of the number of children growing up outside their families. 8,000 children are currently placed in institutional care, with the Czech Republic falling again behind the rest of Europe (per capita). The numbers of children being sent to orphanages is still rising, whilst foster applications continue to decline.
To help combat the growing number of children without homes, the Tereza Maxová Foundation focuses on the following three pillars of support:
1. We help to keep the child in a safe family environment
Through supporting families in crisis, namely those at risk of having their children placed in institutional care, we are able to help reduce the number of children facing institutionalization. We mainly provide these families with fieldwork support, professional counselling, and therapy.
2. We promote and support foster parenting
We help to raise awareness about all options of substitute family care, to encourage more opportunities for children in need. We work also to support foster and adoptive families, especially through non-profit organizations.
3. We compensate for shortcomings of institutional care upbringing
For children growing up in children’s centres (formerly known as infant care centres) and other institutional care facilities outside of the family environment, we provide additional support services including education, therapy, and recreational activities. Through this, we seek to improve their experience in institutional care, and help them to build skills for the future.
The purpose of the Foundation is to provide comprehensive support and assistance to vulnerable and abandoned children, to give them a chance to grow up in a healthy and safe family environment.
Because all children deserve love, attention and a place to call home.
The Foundation aims to reduce the number of children growing up in institutional care in the Czech Republic through financial support for all activities that contribute to the effective fulfilment of the Foundation’s goals and follow its statute and the foundation charter.