Fundación Márgenes y Vínculos: The opportunity of a happy childhood
“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in”.
For many children, that door is called “Fundación Márgenes y Vínculos“. The work the foundation performs provides an opportunity for many of them to have a future and a childhood remembered for the affection and happiness received from foster families.
The number of names that have passed through the foundation up to last September stands at around 1000. However, each and every one of them is remembered for their unique features and anecdotes. The foundation’s aim in the 19 years that it has been operating is “to find families that will cover the needs that a child may have throughout his/her childhood, such as love, affection etc”, stated Mª Ángeles Míguez, president of Márgenes y Vínculos.
Without detracting from the work performed in children’s homes, the foundation highlights that children need family references and models in order to have a series of values that only a family structure can provide. Unfortunately, children’s homes cannot solve the problem because they cannot replace families.
The first case of fostering took place in November 1997. Work has been carried out since then in the provinces of Cadiz and Seville and 6074 people have benefited from the work and effort performed by the foundation: children who have found happiness in families and families who have seen how these children have developed as people and grown filled with joy and love. Only one year before that, in 1996, fostering projects were presented for the first time in Spain and Andalusia.
The foundation explains that they work using two systems: residential or emergency fostering, for which the centre draws up a specific educational plan for each child and group; and family fostering of children from 0 to 17 years old. “Over the last three years, we have received older profiles. The longer the exposure time suffered by the child, the more irreparable the after effects”, explains Mª Ángeles Míguez.
The foundation currently carries out workshops, partnerships with the Psychology Faculty of the University of Seville, presentations, courses etc. In short, the work that they perform does not remain only in the centre, within a family or a specific child, but they aim to raise society’s awareness of the existence of this programme that continues around us daily and which many people do not yet know about.
As members of Alestis, we should feel proud about having contributed, through the Common Space competition and with our vote, towards improving the lives of people who are building their future, towards offering them the opportunity of having a better childhood. Thank you to everybody.