The study analyzed the environment, relationships in a rural family and the place of a child in it, the degree of satisfaction of children`s basic needs; assessed the needs in social services in accordance with the type of rural family with children; evaluated families awareness level regarding current social services system, the motivation and barriers in the interaction with social services, and the ways to overcome them. Qualitative methods were used. Focus groups with parents representing crisis rural families with children were conducted; the experts providing social services to families with children were interviewed; and visits investigating living conditions of families and personal interaction were also made.

Geography of the study: Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv, Cherkassy, Donetsk regions.