Professional profiles

Dr Delia Pop – Director of Programmes and Global Advocacy

Dr Delia Pop is the Director of Programmes at Hope and Homes for Children.  Born and educated in Romania, Delia is a medical doctor who has committed the last 17 years to working with children in the institutional care system and children and families at risk of separation.

Combining her medical knowledge and the experience gained when leading the first closures of institutions for children in Romania, Delia has led the development of a model of change that has contributed to the incredible transformation of child protection and care systems at national and regional level.

Understanding the scale of the problem that exists worldwide, Delia has provided direction for teams in 15 countries, across Europe and Africa, refining the deinstitutionalisation model and ensuring its successful delivery within local, national and regional contexts. More recently, Delia commenced supporting organisations in Latin America interested in child protection reform and deinstitutionalisation.

With her first-hand experience and knowledge of the economics of child protection reform and deinstitutionalisation, Delia is highly respected in the childcare reform arenas.  Over the last 15 years, Delia has provided technical assistance and training to government agencies, NGOs and other professionals in Europe and Africa; developing training materials that will support child protection and system reform globally.

A Fellow of the RSA, the President of the Executive Committee of Child Rights Connect, and a member of other high-level child focused working groups in the US and Europe, Delia is a strong advocate on behalf of children in institutional care, with a particular interest in ensuring that children with disabilities are enabled to realise their potential and rights.

In addition to contributing to national child protection and care reform strategies, Delia is the co-author of De-institutionalisation of Children’s Services in Romania, published by UNICEF in 2004, IMPACT, a custom curriculum for providing support for children and adults with special needs, published in 2011,  Preventing the separation of children from their families in Bosnia and Herzegovina published in 2012, The Financial Impact of the Child Protection System Reform in Romania published in 2013 and A Practical Guide to Deinstitutionalisation – Tools, Standards of Operations and Models of Implementation, publication pending(2016).

Michela Costa – Head of Advocacy

Michela is a passionate advocate for human rights and social justice. Before joining Hope and Homes for Children in 2014, she held the post of  Senior Advocacy and Campaigns Coordinator at Eurochild, overseeing the portfolio of children in alternative care. In that position she initiated and coordinated the Opening Doors for Europe’s Children Campaign, currently running across 15 European countries.

Prior to that, Michela worked at COFACE (the European network of family organisations) as Policy Officer in charge of social policies and rights of persons with disabilities. She started her career at the United Nations Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the European Parliament.

Her key areas of expertise include international advocacy and campaigning, EU policies, human rights and development. She has extensive experience of working in large partnerships and coalitions, including European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-Based Care (EEG) and the Platform of European Social NGOs (Social Platform).

She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and a European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.Ma). She is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Joe Glackin – Head of Strategic Development

Joe Glackin was appointed as Hope and Homes for Children’s Regional Manager for Africa in 2007 and was then appointed Head of Strategic Development in February 2015.
He has a degree in Religious Education and Youth and Community Studies from Roehampton Institute of Higher Education and a Master’s Degree in African Studies from the University of Birmingham.

Prior to joining Hope and Homes for Children he spent 13 years in Liberia working with street children and child soldiers. He then spent a further three years working with UNICEF in South Sudan focused on community-based child protection.

His experience includes working with local communities, youth groups and local authorities in developing community-based childcare and child protection networks.  He has worked extensively with extremely vulnerable children, and has established programmes founded on child participation principles.

Claudine Nyinawagaga – Regional Operations Director, Eastern and Southern Africa

Claudine Nyinawagaga has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the National University of Rwanda and a Master’s Degree of Social Sciences in Gender Studies from the University of Rwanda.  Before working for Hope and Homes for Children, she was the Mayor of Gasabo District in Kigali where she led the District’s development programmes, was Managing Director of a Consultancy firm, and was a Programme Officer for the Embassy of Sweden. During her 24 years of professional experience, she has been in different leadership positions with many organisations focused on social protection.

Claudine joined Hope and Homes for Children in 2011 as Country Director for Rwanda, where she was key in influencing the Government of Rwanda to reform its childcare and child protection system. In 2015, Claudine was made Regional Operations Director for Eastern and Southern Africa. She has been successful in developing and implementing a regional strategy, and was a key figure in the formation of an alliance for reforming the childcare systems in the region.

Halyna Postoliuk – Regional Operations Director, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Halyna Postoliuk has a Diploma in History and Pedagogy from the Drahomanov National Pedagogy University, and completed a PhD on social pedagogy from the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine.

Halyna has over 20 years of experience in the field of child protection including eight years’ work in State authorities: Kyiv Region State Administration, Ministry of Family and Youth Affairs where she was responsible for the development of the social service network, led the Oblast Child Protection Department and then coordinated the communication with regional family and youth departments at Ministry level.  For many years she was an advisor to the Minister of Family and Youth Affairs.

From 2001 to 2015 Halyna was National Director of Hope and Homes for Children Ukraine.  She was responsible for overseeing the projects aimed at creating opportunities for the reform of child care and the child protection system in Ukraine: development and implementation of the models of service to support families, prevent child abandonment and separation of children from their parents, family-based care for orphans and children deprived of parental care and a comprehensive approach to deinstitutionalisation.  She oversaw the creation of new social practices such as the Mother and Child Centres and Centres of Social Support for Children and Families.

In 2015, Halyna was made Regional Operations Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  She has led the development and implementation of Hope and Homes for Children’s strategy and operational plans, which support the eradication of institutional care and the reform of the child protection systems in the region.