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Abandoned children rarely reunite with biological family

21 November 2009 / 14:11:02  GRReporter
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Kremena Koutsoukou

Kindergarten “The good shepherd”, created in 1965 and working under the observation of the Ministry of Justice, gives home to 26 children- girls and boys between the age of 6 and 18. They have been abandoned by their families and find in the kindergarten the warmth and joy of which they have been deprived. The home is providing food, clothing, medical care and education. The Chuld Protection organization keeps in touch with the families offering moral and material support. When the parents are ready to provide suitable environment, the child may return to them. This, however, is a rare occasion according to the supervisors; most often, kids remain in the social home until they reach 18.

This was revealed after Minister Haris Kastanidis’ visit to the Piraeus child-care facility, belonging to the Child Protection Organization. The minister spoke in favor of creating a network for protection of abandoned and abused children and children in danger. The minister’s visit, marking the world day for children rights, was held in a friendly atmosphere of children cackle.

Minister Kastanidis promised that everything will be done in order for these children to have rights just as every other child. The minister will shortly summon a meeting with the republic’s ombudsman, together with his deputy who is familiar with the subject of children rights. The Greek national commission of UNICEF will be participating n the meeting as well. The purpose of the meeting will be the creation of the abovementioned network for protecting children in danger and children who are abandoned or abused.

The deputy minister Katsifaras said: “To protect, support and love the children in need, and especially those that have been abandoned, is a commitment of the society and the state and can only become true if we all take part.”

 

 

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