Our Child Foundation

Our Child Foundation

The Our Child Foundation was founded on 1 October 1993. Its aim is to help abused,
sexually exploited and otherwise at-risk children in life-affecting situations. Since it was founded nineteen years ago, the Our Child Foundation has been associated with its founder, Zuzana Baudyšová, who has also founded the first significant project of the foundation, the so-called Safety Line. The aim of the Safety Line was to help children in life-affecting situations. Eventually the Parent Line and the Call Home Line were founded. The foundation had operated these crisis intervention lines for ten years before it transferred these projects, in 2004, to the organisation Sdružení Linka bezpečí (Safety Line Association).

The foundation eventually expanded its activities to include disabled and abandoned children from socially disadvantaged families. The foundation supports, via grant proceedings, dozens of civic associations and day care centres which take care of disabled children. In addition, it finances selected activities for children from children’s homes around the country and processes individual applications for urgent assistance provided to disabled and at-risk children.

Since 2005 the foundation operates the Legal Aid Line which helps families and children in crisis situations. Lawyers employed by the Legal Aid Line provide free-of-charge legal consultations in the field of family law and child protection. Due to the increasing popularity of the Internet and its negative aspects, the foundation is also concerned, since 2007, with the elimination of child pornography on the Internet by operating the so-called Internet Hotline.

The foundation’s key long-term activities also include edification in the field of child protection. The foundation sees child protection as a public issue. Every single person may, and should, do what they can. Therefore, the foundation offers educational programmes aimed at positive parenting.

Every year the Our Child Foundation confers on notable child protectors the annual Golden Heart Award. The Golden Heart Award is dedicated to the founder of child psychology in the Czech Republic, Professor Zdeněk Matějíček. It has so far been awarded to Czech ombudsman Pavel Varvařovský, director of the Crisis centre for children Zora Dušková, founder of the "babybox" project Ludvík Hess, Chairwoman of the Fund for Children in Need Marie Vodičková, psychologist Jiřina Prekopová or illustrator and author of the famous cartoon character "The Mole" (Krteček) Zdeněk Miler etc.

Director of the Our Child Foundation Zuzana Baudyšová frequently appears in the media or at discussion panels and forums in the Czech Republic and abroad to talk about the protection of the rights of children. As a member of the Committee for the Rights of the Child of the Government Council for Human Rights she offers her experience to improve the protection of human rights in the Czech Republic.

Help for Viktorie and Dan

A handover of a symbolic cheque for Viktorie and Dan

ROSSMANN utilized Charitky in tree ways

We have contributed to hippotherapy for Linda

Our Child Foundation in a Charitky project



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