Ashoka Fellow
Czech Republic
Fellow Since 2009
This description of Petra Vrtbovska Winnette's work was prepared when Petra Vrtbovska Winnette was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
Struck by the lack of a guiding approach to preparing families after they adopt, Petra Vrtbovska is revolutionizing the system of foster care in Czech Republic. He has built a community model of foster care support that targets all key players simultaneously; through combining therapy for at-risk children, continuing education for adoptive parents and foster care professionals, and research and dissemination of methodologies in the field, Petra’s Natama Institute has brought foster children’s emotional disorders to public recognition and is developing and spreading the country’s first set of shared best practices. From 2004 to 2008, 160 families were trained to become “Natama” foster/adoptive parents across three regions of the Czech Republic. Over the years, Petra aims to increase outreach and further disseminate learnings both regionally and internationally.
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