Orphanhood and social abandonment still constitute one of the most acute problems in Russia. According to data published by the Russian Presidential Plenipotentiary for the Rights of Children at the beginning of 2013, there are currently 643 thousand orphans and children without parental care registered in state institutions. In order to reduce this number, the Timchenko Foundation is running the Child in the Family programme.

"Children should grow up within a family; but, unfortunately, not every parentless child can be adopted and, for some children, the professional foster family is the best kind of family arrangement. We regard fostering to be an important constituent part of the overall system addressing the needs and environment of an individual child. We believe that the foster family combines love with professionalism."             

Elena Timchenko


We aim to develop the institution of professional foster parents in Russia, including the establishment of a training and follow-up support system.

Main Tasks

· Providing financial, social and psychological support to foster families looking after orphans and children without parental care;

· Assistance with the professional development of specialists working in the field of family placement;

· Piloting the latest efficient models of family placement;

· Improving Russia’s legal framework in the area of family law;

· Raising public awareness.


The Klyuch Charitable Foundation, the Harmony Institute of Psychotherapy and Counselling in Leningrad Region, the Ryazan Institute for Development of Education; the Radi Budushchego (“For the Sake of the Future”) Centre for Developing Family Arrangements for Orphans and Children without Parental Care in Tambov and the independent non-profit organisation, PRO-MAMMA Centre.


Leningrad Region, Ryazan Region, Tambov Region, the Republic of Karelia, the City of Moscow and the City of St. Petersburg. 

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  • 31 march 2017

    Timchenko Foundation announces start of Course on a Family All-Russian Competition

  • 29 march 2017

    Entries closed for first round of stage II of Family Fairway All-Russian Competition

  • 12 may 2014

    Teleconference and presentation of the Right Family Course grant competition at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation.