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Vejonis and Reirs agree – orphanages should remain in the past

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«The interest and needs of children should finally be at the centre of focus. The state and municipalities cannot be allowed to maintain a system of institutions that does not secure full and harmonic development for children,» said Latvia’s President Raimonds Vejonis during his meeting with Welfare Minister Janis Reirs on Monday, 24 April.

The president said that more active involvement of responsible institutions is necessary to ensure the state is able to take proper care of orphans. «Any child should be given an opportunity to grow up in a family or conditions close to a real family.»

The State President’s Chancellery informed BNN that during their meeting, Vejonis interviewed the minister about the progress of de-institutionalization to replace orphanages with appropriate services that are based on children’s needs and offer the necessary support to foster families, guardians and adoptive parents.

«The de-institutionalization process should be managed and monitored closely. It is important to ensure the financial resources provided by the European Union are used to strengthen family placement forms and increase the amount of support available to them,» Vejonis said.

The two officials also discussed the information reported by the mass media about events that took place in Jelgava orphanage. Vejonis emphasized the institutions responsible for child care have to do everything they can to make sure what happened in that orphanage never happen again.

Vejonis and Reirs agreed that orphanages should stay in the past. This will require a state policy and common understanding among municipalities and society.

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