REFORM OF RESIDENTIAL SYSTEM

Iulie 17, 2006

GEN2032W* REFORM OF RESIDENTIAL SYSTEM TO START IN SIX PILOT DISTRICTS OF MOLDOVA

Chisinau-14.07.2006/15:19:40/(BASA-general) The reform of residential system and placement of institutionalised children in families will start soon in six selected regions in Moldova, Deputy Minister of Education and Youth Valentin Crudu has announced.

Crudu told Friday a conference held to launch the TACIS II project Development of Integrated Social Services for Vulnerable Families and Children Facing Risk that innovative models of services will be tested in residential institutions in the Balti municipality and districts of Hancesti, Telenesti, Straseni, Floresti and Falesti. „It is important to reintegrate our children from boarding schools into families or within other alternative forms of care for children such as the professional parent assistance, family-type orphanages or placement centres,” Crudu said.

The deputy minister noted that families who will accept to look after children from residential institutions will benefit of social and financial assistance.

Ray Virgilio Torres, representative of UNICEF-Moldova, told the conference that only children whose situation cannot be solved must be placed in residential institutions. „However, children cannot be withdrawn from institutions if another sure environment is not available to them in other place and that�s why individual plans must be drafted for every minor and the reintegration into family and community must be their final goal,” Torres added.

The TACIS II project Development of Integrated Social Services for Vulnerable Families and Children Facing Risk is financed by the European Union, which has released two million dollars. The project is being implemented by UNICEF in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and it will be completed in late 2007. Also on Friday, the six selected districts received by a car Niva from UNICEF to optimise the reform in residential institutions.

According to data of the Ministry of Education and Youth, there are 68 residential institutions in Moldova and they hold more than 12,000 children while about 90 percent of them have parents.

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NEWS

Iunie 5, 2006

GEN1595W* BARONESS EMA NICHOLSON TO ADVISE AUTHORITIES IN REFORMING CHILD PROTECTION SYSTEM

Chisinau-03.06.2006/14:12:55/(BASA-general) Baroness Emma Nicholson Winterbourne, official of the European Parliament, visited Saturday the City of Childhood, a family-type centre for children based in Parata, the district of Dubasari. She was accompanied by President Vladimir Voronin and governmental officials.

The conditions created here for children in need correspond to the harshest European requirements, this is an eloquent example of takeover of experiences of neighbouring states in order to ensure adequate conditions of living and education to children without parent?s care, baroness Nicholson said.

President Voronin stated that the authorities need the European practice in restructuring and improving the national child protection system. He noted that „the takeover of experience of other states in this field was the reason why baroness Nicholson was invited in Moldova, as she has had an important role in reforming the child protection system in Romania, in particular.

Ana Cercasova, director of the City of Childhood, stated to BASA that the „city” is built for orphan children and children from needy families from Moldova. At present, 108 children live there, including nine children repatriated from Russia.

The City of Childhood is built on about 6.5 hectares and includes six family-type houses for children and a medical centre. It is the only centre of this kind in Moldova and was created in 2003.

Baroness Emma Nicholson Winterbourne is on a two-day visit to Moldova at the invitation of country?s leadership. She is set for meetings with Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin, Speaker Marian Lupu, Premier Vasile Tarlev, Minister of Health and Social Protection Ion Ababii, will collect facts about activity of some social institutions for children.

Baroness Emma Nicholson Winterbourne is deputy chairwoman of the Commission for Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament and member of the Subcommittee on Human Rights.

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GEN1597W* EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT WILLING TO ASSIST MOLDOVA IN REFORMING CHILD PROTECTION SYSTEM

Chisinau-05.06.2006/09:56:20/(BASA-general) The European Parliament intends to assist Moldova in reforming the child protection system, Emma Nicholson, member of the European Parliament, told a news conference on Sunday.

„The European Parliament is interested in Moldova?s progress in ensuring a strong system to protect the children?s rights. This nation is very important for Europe and that?s why I have come to invite the state authorities to take over some of the European experience in this regard,” Nicholson noted. „The goal of my visit is to form and to implement common European children?s rights standards in Moldova. And a part of my experience in this field may be applied here, too,” the European parliamentarian underlined.

At the same time, Baroness Nicholson promised that she will come back to Moldova in July at the insistence of President Vladimir Voronin. She was very charmed that the Moldovan authorities showed interest for the proposals to reform the child protection system.

Baroness Emma Nicholson Winterbourne was on a 2-day visit to Moldova at the invitation of the state leadership. She has met Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin, Speaker Marian Lupu, Prime Minister Vasile Tarlev and Minister of Health and Social Protection Ion Ababii.

Baroness Emma Nicholson Winterbourne is deputy chairwoman of the Commission for Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament and member of the Subcommittee on Human Rights.

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GEN1529W* PRESIDENT CALLS FOR REINTEGRATION OF CHILDREN FROM RESIDENTIAL INSTITUTIONS INTO FAMILIES

Chisinau-29.05.2006/15:24:18/(BASA-general) President Vladimir Voronin told Monday a national conference themed Social Dimensions of Child Protection System in Moldova that it is very necessary to reduce the number of institutionalised children by integrating them into origin or adoptive families.

He said that the institutional care is expensive though the efficiency of the residential system is limited. „It would be fairest to direct this money to maintenance of children from needy and tutorial families,” Voronin recommended.

Ray Virgilio Torres, representative of UNICEF in Moldova, told the same conference that UNICEF will back the country?s initiative regarding reformation of residential system and child protection system.

Svetlana Chifa, head of the municipal directorate for the protection of children?s rights, had earlier stated to BASA that many temporary placement centres for children have opened in Moldova in the past years, which provide social and material assistance to children and parents. Chifa noted that the number of parents willing to adopt or to be tutors of orphan children has grown. More than 1,800 children have tutors in Chisinau only, Chifa added.

There are 68 social institutions of this kind in Moldova which host 12,000 children of whom about 80 percent have parents.

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News + Problema Orfanilor si celor cu parinti in 10-20ani

Noiembrie 18, 2005

GEN2862W* INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS RECOMMEND MOLDOVA TO INCREASE NUMBER OF CHILDREN PLACED IN TUTORSHIP FAMILIES

Chisinau-17.11.2005/17:00:28/(BASA-general) International experts recommend the Moldovan government to implement strategies on reduction of the number of institutionalised children and rise of the number of children placed in tutorship families. These op inions were released at a conference themed Adjustment of Social Policies on Child and Family in Moldova to European Transparency, Efficiency and Durability Standards, on Thursday, November 17.

Cesare de Montis, chief of the European Commission Delegation to Moldova, said that the residential system is the widest child protection form in Moldova. „However, this care undermines the psychical and emotional development of children. Every generatio n of vulnerable children mat turn into a generation of vulnerable adults, while existing problems will perpetuate in future,” de Montis warned.

The European Commission Delegation head noted that Moldova must train qualified social assistants and develop in continuation the community assistant services. „Boarding schools must close in parallel with development of family assistance community servi ces, in order to bring home the future of children and future generation,” de Montis recommended.

Svetlana Chifa, chief of the municipal directorate for the protection of children?s rights in the Chisinau Municipal Council, told BASA that many temporary placement centres for children have opened the past years and they provide social and material ass istance to children and parents. Chifa noted that the number of parents who want to adopt or guard orphan children is on the rise.
More than 1,800 children are under tutorship in Chisinau alone, Chifa added.

There are 67 residential institutions in Moldova. Eighty percent of institutionalised children have parents.
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1. Realist – in 10 ani nu vor fi expediati la parinti toti copii care ii au.
2. Intotdeauna vor exista copii cu parinti care vor fi abandonati si apoi se va incerca de ai trimite acasa la ei.
3. Intotdeauna vor fi copii orfani de tata si mama.
4. Schimbarea constiintei sociale nu vine intr-un an ci sunt necesari 10-20 ani cel putin.

Deci.

Este necesar de divizat cei orfani de cei cu parinti.
Pentru cei orfani trebuie de aranjat conditii la nivel decent, se vor alege sau se vor utiliza orfelinatele care deja exista si care au doar copii orfani.

Pentru cei cu parinti, oricum permanent in acesti 10-20 ani vor exista si astfel de copii, inseamna ca ei trebuie sa fie aranjate conditii la fel ca si pentruprima grupa.

???
1. Care sunt orfelinatele destinate doar copiilor orfani? Cate sunt ele si cati copii sunt?
2. Conditii decente pentru copii inseamna investitii in refacerea infrastructurii.
3. Copii cu dizabilitati, sunt o clasa aparte sau vin ca orfani, non-orfani?