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Foster Care, Child Sponsorship Programme

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In September 1998 the Community of Sant'Egidio started a program of long distance adoption - international foster care.

What is long distance adoption?

Long distance adoption is an action of solidarity that guarantees to the minors of the poor countries and to their families an economical help, so that they may receive the primary goods, education and the medical care they need.
Long distance adoption, therefore, puts the families in condition to take care of their children and to support the necessary expenditures for their growth, avoiding that, under the pressure of the economical difficulties, the familiar unit is disintegrated.
In September 1998 the Community of Sant'Egidio started a program of long distance adoption. A secretariat was created to take care of this programme to support to children.

What does it provide?

Long distance adoption provides support to various aspects of the life of the child:
Health (medical care and purchase of medicines)
School (payment of school fees and of educational materials)
Nutrition, clothing, toys and economical support to the whole familiar unit.
Birth registration
Who are the children to be adopted?

They are children in difficulty, who, for various reasons cannot be supported by their families. This is why they need an "adopting" family that, at least from afar, mey ensure the means necessary for growing, for having proper health care, studying and entering the society.

How long does a long distance adoption last?

Long distance adoption has not a time duration within which to be concluded. In this it is really like an adoption: it can last until the child has grown up and became adult, in a position to maintain himself autonomously. Nevertheless at any time it is possible to withdraw from the adoption, giving a notice of three months so as to allow to entrust the child to another adopter.

What need I do?

Adopting is very easy. First of all

- you can ask for some explanatory material on the different types of adoption
- choose the type of adoption that you prefer
- fill in the application form
- sign it and mail it to

Community of Sant'Egidio
Long distance adoptions
Piazza S.Egidio 3/a, 00153 ROMA

or via fax to +39.06.5800197

You will receive at home the materials regarding the adoption you requested and you can pay at the interval you have chosen, specifying in the reason of the postal or bank or credit card payment, the name of the adopted child or of the structure.

The payment must be done exclusively on the account dedicated to the long distance adoptions.

Which information will I receive?

Two times a year you will receive an update on the adoption you subscribed. Besides this you will have reports of the contributions you will have made and of their use.

How much does it cost a long distance adoption?

The costs are different according to the type of adoption you choose:

- Individual Adoption: the monthly contribution is 26.00 Euro and is meant to support a single child member of a Community, (village, institute, town, school or nutritional center). You will receive the report on the history and the photograph of a child chosen as testimonial of that Community.
- Adoption of a family within the DREAM programme: the monthly contribution of 20.00 Euro contributes to the medical and food support expenditures for a familiar unit, treated within the DREAM Programme for fighting AIDS in Africa. You will receive reports and photographs of some family taking part in the program.
- Community Adoption: with 15.00 Euro it is possible to support a group of children hosted in a structure. You will receive photographs and news of the center that is being supported.
- "Mother and Child" Adoption within the DREAM programme: the contribution of 30.00 Euro for health care of pregnant women, for fighting the "vertical transmission" of AIDS, allowing the child to be born Hiv-free and healthy.
- One-off adoption: it is a free donation for a temporary support that can be assigned to one or more children, even one single time.

The monthly contributions can also be given in a single yearly contribution or in other ways as can be agreed.
Are the sums paid deductible?

As for Italy, they surely are. Keep a copy of the payment you and will be able to deduct them from your income tax return.

Distance Adoptions

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July 17 2013

At Sao Bento school

Education is a right and is free of charge, thanks to the distance adoptions programme
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The program of distance adoptions of Sant'Egidio opens two school canteens in Herradura to combat child malnutrition and its negative effects on academic performance.
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For Long Distance Adoption of a child one can apply to:

Long Distance Adoption Secretariat
Community of Sant'Egidio
Mon-Thu-Fri 9.30am - 1.30 pm
Tel. +39.06.5814217

or via e-mail

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