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Children still grow up separated from their families in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Roundtable on child care reform
TASHKENT, 15 March 2013 — Child care reform and
Representatives of responsible and concerned stakeholder organizations involved in solving issues of deinstitutionalization and development of alternative forms of care took part in the roundtable: members of Parliament, representatives of Ministries of Education, Health, Labour and Social Protection of Population, Economy, Finance, Justice,
To date, about 2,500 children left without parental care live and are raised in 25 ‘Mehribonlik’ houses, 760 children — in 13 baby homes, 150 children — in two children’s villages, and about 17,000 children — in 88 specialized boarding schools of the country.
For over 10 years, the Republican Public Children’s Fund ‘Sen Yolg’iz Emassan’ has been actively involved in the development of state policy in the field of social protection of orphans and children with disabilities. The fund’s work aims to provide comprehensive assistance on improving the lives of children left without parental care and supporting family education. Upon the Fund’s initiative, amendments to regulations «On Adoption of Minor Children» and «Adoption of Children in Foster Care (Patronage)» were made. Important work is being carried out by the Fund on
The Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes the importance of the family and emphasizes the State’s responsibility in supporting the family in its
Overwhelming evidence shows that children raised outside the family or a family type environment are at a higher risk of becoming vulnerable and being affected in terms of emotional, behavioural and learning development. They are more likely to experience health problems, have poor educational achievements and as a consequence, face unemployment and poverty. According to UNICEF’s regional situation analysis on children under three in formal care in countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, young children in institutions are particularly vulnerable compared to older children and are three to six times more likely to be abandoned, especially those with disabilities.
Therefore, every effort should be made to ensure that children remain with their families and are not placed in institutions unless it is an action of last resort and is in the best interest of the child.
The roundtable meeting is taking place at a strategic time when the Government of Uzbekistan has initiated a number of steps towards child care reform and is currently preparing upon the initiative of the Republican Public Children’s Fund ‘Sen Yolg’iz Emassan’ a state programme for a phased
Uzbekistan has also joined a Call to Action, a regional initiative led by the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNICEF that was launched at a ministerial conference in Bulgaria in November last year. The initiative aims to end placing children under the age of three years in institutions in countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia and calls on governments to accelerate support to vulnerable families to prevent separation of children.
In this context, UNICEF supports the Government and other national partners to develop policies, appropriate
Indeed, the family has always been a major component of society, representing a public value and being an important social institution that ensures the reproduction of society. The family, its wealth and prosperity has always held a special place in the lives of the Uzbek people.
«We all know well that every person in this world, regardless of his or her nationality, religion and language, is born for happiness. Many factors and conditions help achieving this highest goal. But among them, there is one factor that makes our life more bright and cheerful. It is the
State agencies, public organizations, the society at large and above all, everyone should focus their efforts towards ensuring the best interests of the child to make the life of every child safe and happy.
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