Created by its chairwoman, Alicia Koplowitz, the Foundation is a non-profit-making organization that began as an expression of its commitment to the training and investigation of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as the social care of the young, as laid down in the institutional statutes.
Currently, the Alicia Koplowitz Foundation acts on behalf of two formerly independent foundations, one of which, Vida y Esperanza Foundationhas been in operation since 1994 and the other since 2003. Both organizations have now been combined to form a single institution, the Alicia Koplowitz Foundation. Following their amalgamation, which took place in the first quarter of 2005, and as a continuation of their original social activities, the current foundation has diversified its activity into two broad areas:
An outreach Programme engaged in caring for children from broken homes, which provides shelter and treatment at its residential homes, as well as for people from other social groups with specific needs, such as those affected by multiple sclerosis, for whom the foundation sponsored, built and donated Alicia Koplowitz Multiple Sclerosis Centre of the Community of Madrid, which is presently managed and funded by the Social and Family Politics Board of the Community of Madrid. The foundation's commitment to the most vulnerable sectors of society is more than evident in trying to meet the new needs of vulnerable groups.
Activities in medicine and science, focusing its programme of support for the mental health of children and young people, it bases its action on contributing to furthering research and improving professional training in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences, as well as in Neuropediatry in Spain. As part of this programme, the foundation awards Advanced Training Fellowships, Short-term Visiting Fellowships in Specialisation and Research, as well as Research Grants. It holds annual a Scientific Symposia with national and international speakers who are renowned in the field. On 10 September 2014, the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Scientist “Alicia Koplowitz Foundation” was created, being its main aim to maintain the relationship between its partners, the Alicia Koplowitz Foundation and the institutions with it collaborates.
Board of Trustees
This is the body that governs and represents the Alicia Koplowitz Foundation. As laid down in its statutes, this committee is responsible for meeting the aims of the foundation and efficiently managing the resources and rights derived from the Foundation's assets, ensuring their proper and profitable use.
José Leoncio Áreal López, Trustee-Secretary.
Maria Concepción Guisasola M.D., PhD, Medical-Scientific Activity Programme Coordinator.
Mónica G. García Zuazo, Executive Secretary.
Isidro Villoria, Director of the Social Activity Programme.
Paz Quijano, Psychologist.
Training and research in child and adolescence psychiatric diseases.
For this reason, Advanced Training Fellowships in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences for house officers who have completed their training were created in 2004 for two-year placements at hospitals in Europe and United States, recently created in Neuropediatry, as well as Predoctoral Fellowships in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Fellows enter the training programmes of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry or the equivalent at the host hospital. Fellows are mainly engaged in clinical research as well as actively participating in the teaching and healthcare programme, depending on the legal regulations of the host country. To date the programme has trained 65 specialists.
Research Grants for programmes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences were set up in 2005 and recently created in Neuropediatry. These grants are designed for Spanish research teams for projects lasting no longer than two years. To date 88 research projects have been funded.
In 2007, Fellowships for Short Placements for Specialisation and Research in Psychiatry or Neuroscience were established and recently in Neuropediatry. These fellowships are designed for child and adolescent psychiatrists or psychologists and investigators (doctors) in the areas of neuroscience and pediatricians. A total of 110 specialists have so far benefited from these fellowships.
Taking care of, protecting, and defending childhood and adolescence, particularly when basic needs are lacking, whether these are personal, educational, health, cultural or material, in order to fully develop their training for greater social inclusion.
For this reason, the foundation has four residential centres or Homes. The first home opened in 1994. Just one year later the second was opened, and, immediately after, the first agreements with the local government of Madrid were signed to continue seeking support and effective partnerships. The Community of Madrid and the Ministry of Social Affairs are both actively engaged in the work of the foundation. In addition, partnership agreements to undertake work placements at the homes were signed in 1998 with the universities of Salamanca and Comillas.
In 2012 a new outreach centre was opened for young people aged over 18 years old who lack institutional assistance and support from their family, to take in young people who are of legal age yet have no opportunity to return to their family life. Currently, the Foundation has two outreach centres for young people aged over 18 years old.
As part of its remit to provide outreach to certain groups, in 2000 an Agreement was entered into between the Town Hall of Madrid, the Community of Madrid and Alicia Koplowitz Foundation to sponsor and build the Alicia Koplowitz Multiple Sclerosis Centre of the Community of Madrid. In 2003, the Foundation donated the Centre to the Community of Madrid and it opened its doors in 2005. The Centre is presently managed and funded by the Social and Family Politics Board of the Community of Madrid.