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A Children Home is Not a Real Home MARIELA NEAGU STATE SECRETARY NATIONAL AUTHORITY FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDS RIGHTS ROMANIA BULGARIA JULY 2007.

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1 A Children Home is Not a Real Home MARIELA NEAGU STATE SECRETARY NATIONAL AUTHORITY FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDS RIGHTS ROMANIA BULGARIA JULY 2007

2 TOPICS Ways to influence attitudes and values related to child rights and the family role Residential institutions role before reform Constraints on recognition and financing of the former institution as a new system

3 IN THE PAST Only big residential institutions Subject to criticism children in residential care Most of them in contact with their families

4 START OF THE REFORM 1998, alternative services created through World Bank loan 2000, set-up of other services to close old style institutions through EU financial assistance

5 REFORM PROCESS Child protection policy focused on: Support of natural families Protection in the family type alternatives

6 COUNTY COUNCILS STRATEGIES Closure of the large residential institutions through: Reintegration into the natural or extended family Foster care Family type homes with 5-10 children

7 IN PRESENT children –20,000 children in foster care –26,000 children in residential care (5500 children in family type homes) –27000 supported in natural or extended family 19 institutions with children 1 institutions with 218 children

8 A Children Home is Not a Real Home The first large public awareness campaign Implemented through the EU program: 7 TV and radio spots TV programs, meetings and other events during 2 years ( ).

9 NEW LEGISLATION Adopted in June 2004, in force from January 2005.

10 Romania has proved her commitment towards her children It proved the courage to protect the childrens rights in a better environment


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