From 2009 to 2011, Keystone Human Services International provided consultation for human services professionals in Azerbaijan as Azerbaijan developed a sustainable system of community based services to support children and families. Through our relationships, we shared ideas and practices that enrich the lives of people with disability.
Our consultation included training for community-based rehabilitation centers and a mobile services program; and training, education, and technical assistance as Azerbaijan moved people out of the institutions and began supporting them to live full lives in the community.
In partnership with national and international consultants from 2014-2015, KHSI and Keystone Moldova assisted Kazakhstan to develop a strategic plan to modernize and implement its family focused social and health services for children without parents or at risk of abandonment.
In line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the team of consultants provided technical assistance to strengthen the data management system and developed a preliminary plan for transforming infant homes and medical social facilities for children with disability into a modern form of family-oriented care.
From 2010 to 2011, Keystone Human Services International provided consultation on community services to Giurgiu County in Romania. With a focus on increasing professionals’ knowledge about valued social roles and service delivery, the training and consultation provided the framework for envisioning a future including home, work, education, relationships, spirituality, community and civic life, and personal growth.
The Keystone Foundation for Social Assistance to Children and Families (KFCF) was KHSI’s subsidiary in Russia, operating from 2006 to 2015. During that time, KFCF provided training and support for mental health professionals supporting children and families affected by the school hostage crisis in Beslan.
KFCF established comprehensive community-based psychological, educational, and health services for children and families in the North Caucasus, and partnered with the Russian governmental representatives to assess the needs and readiness to key stakeholders to develop inclusive education for children with intellectual disabilities in Moscow.
All of these services aimed to create inclusive communities where people with disability and their families are welcomed and accepted.