71 Bebel St.
Tel/Fax: 455-533, 300-020
Contact Name: Vera Strebizh, President
Child's Law Protective Fund "CHANCE" was established as a public organization in May 1994.
The Main Objectives of the Fund are:
To put international standards of the juvenile legal protection into action.
To provide legal and social support to juveniles.
To fight against antisocial omissions in the juvenile's sphere (crime, drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual oppression).
Legal propaganda in the sphere of juvenile legal protection (lectures, public propaganda by mass media, publishing of books on the legal issue).
According to the mission of the Fund, 14 free consulting services have been set up under the juvenile legal protection project. Five of these have a strict specialization: they deal with disabled children, drug addicted juveniles, young prisoners and ex-prisoners. The problem of the young prisoners is quite urgent because the majority of them have no opportunity to hire legal counsel.
About five to seven thousand people visit the consulting services of the Fund per three months (this number does not include phone calls). The majority of them come from poor families.
Presently, the Fund is working on a project to set up such services in Sverdlovskaya region: their lawyers work in Revda and Degtyarsk, while at the same time negotiations are being carried out in other cities throughout the region. The Fund's lawyers provide free "external consulting services" in the juvenile colonies for boys in Kirovgrad, Krasnoturinsk, Ardatov, in the juvenile colony for girls in Ryasan, and in the female colony in Nigniy Tagil.
Since the Fund was established, twelve books have been edited and published:
The juvenile's rights in laws, 1994
How to protect a child: questions and answers,
Attention: The Danger (youth and drugs),
The family legislation -- for juveniles and youth,
The criminal legislation -- for juveniles and youth
The conversation with clouds of black book of the childhood,
If the child has become an orphan, (the textbook for children who have been abandoned by their parents)
Juvenile's bad habits,
Current problems of child's law-protection in Russia, (material of the first conference)
First steps in freedom, (the textbook for young ex-prisoners)
The child's rights in laws, 2000
Current problems of the child's law-protection in Russia, (material of the second conference)
An extension of the free judicial consulting service net in Sverdlovskaya region.
The publishing of new books from their legal series and informational brochures.
Joint work with Russian and foreign organizations that are concerned with similar issues.
Search for constant financial support for the juridical urgent phone line.
To provide urgent complex support to children and teenagers that have gotten in trouble with the law.
To provide a Victims of Violence Center.
Last updated: May 2001
A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999).