Letter from the Chairwoman
Right since the start, the Alicia Koplowitz Foundation has been involved in caring for children and adolescents at a severe risk of social exclusion and family upheaval.
The children live in the Homes with other children in similar situations and are looked after by carers, educators, psychologists and volunteers with the basic purpose of attaining family and social reintegration, a feat which has been achieved in a great number of cases.
In 2012, the Foundation opened the first Social Intervention Centre, designed for adolescents over the age of 18 who had been under government protection their entire lives, but lost their institutional protection when they came of age and lacked the means to achieve career and personal independence.
Today the Foundation has two Centres where young adults live together autonomously while going about their studies, hobbies, occupations and even work with normality.
Mental health has been one of my greatest concerns for a long time. Who among us has not had a close family member, a friend or someone they know suffer a mental illness? Mental disorders have always been the great unknown and little interest was paid to them. Indeed, they were a source of shame among families and a social stigma.
In Spain, there was also a complete vacuum with regards to mental health, especially amongst children and adolescents, and the specialty was not even recognised as such. It has not been until January 17, 2018, when the Ministry of Health, Consume and Social Welfare has published a Royal Decree creating the Specialist title of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
For all those reasons, the Foundation decided to strike out alone on a Training and Research Programme into Psychiatric Diseases amongst Children and Adolescents , and you can find the details about its development on this website.
Today we can say that thanks to its application, there is now a network of specialists and researchers in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Spain who have been educated in leading international centres and who provide specialised care to our children and young people.
The Foundation’s contribution to the approval of the specialty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the Ministry of Health, Consume and Social Welfare has not only been extensively recognised, but is an enormous satisfaction for all of the Foundation’s members.
We would like to use this website to promote the Foundation’s activities and to offer useful and up-to-date information for professionals, patients, parents’ groups, educators and anybody else who may require assistance. We hope you find it a good guide for getting the help you need.