Some 2,600 children received social support in Armenia last year

Some 2,600 children received social support in Armenia last year

YEREVAN, July 1. /ARKA/. Over the last year some 2,600 kids living in Yerevan and in the provinces received social and legal services, including psychological, pedagogical, educational and healthcare services, chairman of the Child Protection Network Gayane Asatryan said.

In general, number of children sent to orphanages and care homes is reducing, Asatryan told a press conference on Monday. This has been possible through day care homes helping kids fully integrate into the society.

Asatryan said 160 social workers from the provinces completed training courses

There are 23 day care homes for children in Armenia, and it is not sufficient for the entire country, Asatryan said. The social care sector needs support from the government, she said.

The institute of inclusive schools for disabled kids is being built today, the country needs also inclusive kindergartens to help families that cannot deal with these problems on their own, she said.

Representative of the Child Protection Network Roman Harutiunyan, in his turn, said a policy aimed at child protection is required for the country’s future and the national security.

Harutiunyan said, according to the recent official information, 300,000 children are beyond the poverty line in Armenia, 27,000 of them are in extreme poverty.

The state child protection strategy for 2013-2016 is not effective as funding is not sufficient, Harutiunyan said. Other problems are lack of care centers for disabled kids and their improper distribution, as well as low number of social workers, according to Harutiunyan.

ArmStat reports the poverty line exceeds 32% in the country today. –0--

11:33 01.07.2014

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