The centre continues to serve children in a renovated environment.
Archbishop Metropolitan Fülöp Kocsis consecrated the new headquarters of the Peter and Paul Greek Catholic Child Protection Centre on the 8th of May, 2023. The institution moved from Petőfi Square to Szív Street and continues to serve children in a renovated environment.
The Saint Peter and Paul Greek Catholic Child Protection Centre is located in a 530-square-metre building. It includes offices, a conference room and a canteen.
“Three separate rooms are used to organise contacts. It is here that birth parents and children in foster care can meet to further strengthen their relationship. Our primary goal is to “bring the children home”, István Zoltán Tripsó, head of St. Peter and Paul Greek Catholic Child Protection Centre, said.
Archbishop Metropolitan Fülöp Kocsis said that the child protection system is very complex, and the work here is complex. They work with foster parents, teachers and children from different backgrounds.
“With the help of the spirit, I hope to give a harmonious development to the whole system, to the families and to the children who belong here,” he stressed
Deputy Mayor of Debrecen Diána Széles said that the municipality cooperates with church and civic organisations as part of Debrecen’s care policy. In this way, they quickly identify problems and try to find solutions.
“A key issue in the field of child protection is that if there is a problem in a particular family and a child needs to be removed, it should be done very quickly and as professionally as possible. Therefore, it is very important that we can build up a larger, multi-stakeholder system in Debrecen to this end,” she said.
The child protection activities of the Greek Catholic Church were presented by Margaréta Dr- Tóthné Dr Tőkés, Head of the Child Protection Office of the Metropolitan Church of Hajdúdorog. At present, the Peter and Paul Greek Catholic Child Protection Centre has thirteen residential homes and a foster care network, with around one hundred staff members caring for almost five hundred children.
The event was accompanied by a showcase of young people from the child protection network. Barbara Horváth played the flute, Dávid Szegedi played the so-called cajon drum, Enikő Simon recited a poem, and László Fazekas performed a folk song.