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SEE Seeking Advanced Practitioners/Fellows Interested in Permanency for Youth in Russia and US


The Child Protection Working Group for the US-Russian Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) sponsored by the Eurasia Foundation is seeking applicants who speak Russian and English to go to Russia for two weeks to 2 months between January to March 2014 to learn about current practices in recruiting foster and adoptive families/mentors for older youth who are leaving orphanages.  

They are seeking applicants for an advanced practitioner (with experience in working in the US child welfare system) and fellows (who have interest in child protection/child welfare issues) to apply for these opportunities.

The Child Protection working group will be working on a 6 month project with the goal of “Connecting Older Youth to Families.”  They will be documenting and analyzing foster parent, adoptive parent and mentor recruitment challenges for older youth in US and Russia and current recruitment policies, practices and outcomes; conducting site visits with the Russian contingent in the US (Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruitment Training in Columbus in December); identifying principles and core components of proactive family recruitment (March); and conducting a US webinar on overcoming the barriers to recruitment and preparing youth for emancipation (April).

For more information on the current state of adoption and foster care in Russia, read Situation With Orphans in Russia Improves Dramatically.

Fellowship Application Information  

What: The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) is offering fellowships to over 50 Russian and American Emerging Professionals. Fellows will be placed in host organizations connected to their thematic specialty. During the Fellowship, they will work on relevant projects, developing hands-on experience and deepening connections between our countries.
Who: Emerging Professionals with Russian or US citizenship who have expertise in the following areas:

  • Business Ethics and Compliance
  • Child Protection
  • Collaborative Media
  • Community Development
  • Education and Youth
  • Gender Equity
  • Higher Education
  • Migration
  • Protection of Flora and Fauna
  • Public Health
  • Rule of Law and the Community
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Where: American professionals will be placed in Russian host organizations and vice versa.
When: The Fellowship will be flexible and last between 2 - 8 weeks between January 20 and April 4, 2014.

Act fast! The application deadline has been extended to November 4th at 5PM, EST!

For application materials and more information, please visit

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