Oleg Shelashskiy has been involved in ministry to orphans and vulnerable children for the last 15 years. He started his journey when he and his wife Raya became a transitional foster family for ten teenage orphans at the Father’s House ministry in Ukraine. They adopted one of the children who lived with them during that time when it was a couple weeks before she turned 18.
Oleg is a co-founder and director of International Leadership and Development Center (ILDC) in Ukraine – an organization focused on promoting child welfare best practices through development capacity of child welfare workers and professionals, leaders, and organizations. Now ILDC is a leading capacity building organization in the child welfare field in Ukraine. ILDC also offers training and development of professional skills for foster and adoptive parents, caregivers, orphan care ministries staff and leaders, social workers and supervisors of private and government agencies in Ukraine. Additionally, ILDC trains trainers for the child welfare field, providing trainings for over 16,000 people over the last 11 years.
Oleg took an active part in founding and developing the national orphan care movement - the Alliance for Ukraine Without Orphans. He served as its president over the last four years. Oleg also serves on the European Facilitation Team of WWO that focuses on catalyzing national orphan care movements of Christians in European countries.
Currently, Oleg is working on a new partnership initiative in Ukraine that focuses on developing and implementing project pilots of independent living support programs for graduating orphans, prevention programs for vulnerable children in at-risk families, and supported living program for aging out orphans with disabilities.