Ma’avarim – Welfare Center
Director: Zahala Bokere
“MA’AVARIM” is a department in the Community Services Administration of the Jerusalem Municipality’s Welfare Branch, which provides the city’s residents with family and marriage counseling and therapy. Its staff includes social workers, parental coordinators, family and marriage counselors, etc. The department operates a Court Procedure Unit that accompanies families in divorce procedures, subject to judicial orders to submit an opinion and recommendations pertaining to custody and visitation issues. In addition, professional opinion is provided regarding the need to appoint a guardian for a ward with a background of mental disturbance or illness. This unit provides assistance in other areas as well, such as marriage of a minor, paternity tests, name change, requests for immigration, etc. The Treatment Unit includes the Parent-Child Visitation Centers – a protective professional framework where parentchild meetings take place under supervision, in situations of conflict in the family, separation, divorce or violence and risk. The unit also offers treatment to couples and families who seek to improve their marital relationship and/or parenting and to parents interested in improving their parental communication, following separation or divorce, in order to strengthen their parental commitment and responsibilities, while looking out for the minors’ best interests.