MOSCOW, November 11 - RIA Novosti. The clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church should provide comprehensive assistance to parents of disabled children in order to prevent child abandonment, says the document "Principles for the implementation of church care for orphans," developed by the Synodal Department for Charity and Social Service for the dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church.
“The church, represented by priests, social workers, volunteers, should be close and offer the family all-round help to prevent child abandonment. Church representatives should know the contacts of secular organizations in the region working with children with disabilities with various diagnoses, in order to send families there for help, - said in a document published on the website of the Russian Orthodox Church.
While "in medical and educational institutions, parents of children with disabilities are repeatedly persuaded throughout their lives to abandon the child and place him in a boarding school," representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church should assist parents in obtaining state payments, benefits, social services and means of rehabilitation, as well as provide support in the upbringing and education of the child.
In addition, the charity department pointed out the need to organize kindergartens for children with disabilities, family clubs, leisure activities and summer camps, as well as training apartments (where young people with disabilities try to live independently and learn home economics skills) or accompanied residence houses at parishes. …