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Kronberga: closure of orphanages would not resolve the problem

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIt is necessary to look for alternatives for orphanages, said the new head of the State Inspectorate for Protection of Children’s Rights Ilona Kronberga.

According to her, a situation when a country’s orphanages are full is unacceptable. This is also the reason why Welfare Ministry is currently working on liquidation of orphanages. «De-institutionalization, which is currently planned and executed, is a good and legitimate goal. Nevertheless, it is worth keeping in mind that Latvia is not getting more people. If affects all sectors. The number of adoptive families in the country does not become higher. This is also because the population gradually declines. This means it is important to focus on adoptive families and institutional care and look for other alternatives.»

According to Kronberga, Latvia could learn from experience of other countries by introducing so-called group apartments that would house people that take responsibility for multiple children. «We don’t need to build orphanages in which multiple children would live in a single room. The weak point of institutional care is that everything is done in general and there is no room for individual approach. It is not a one-day process. If we close down an orphanage or two, it does not mean the problem is resolved,» – said the head of VBTAI.

When asked about children being adopted to live in foreign countries, Kronberga said children born in Latvia should grow up in Latvia. Nevertheless, she said there are multiple factors that should be taken into account in relation to adoptive families and orphan care. ‘Many children that became orphans also have poor health – they require special care. This is why a person who becomes a guardian has to be prepared to take on financial and emotional responsibilities,’ – she explains.

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