UNICEF High-level officials take part in Montenegro’s “Every Child Needs a Family” campaign
Herceg Novi, MONTENEGRO, 2 November 2013 – Within the “Every Child Needs a Family” campaign, UNICEF Deputy Director Geeta Rao Gupte, UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks and Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Goran Kusevija will take part in the open day of Herceg Novi’s centre for social work to promote fostering. The event will happen in the premises of the Music School in the Old Town of Herceg Novi and it will start at 13.00.
Through this event, Herceg Novi will join other municipalities which have been organizing open days of centres for social work to promote fostering and increase the number of foster parents throughout the country.
The campaign’s preliminary research showed that a great number of Montenegro’s citizens – 58% think that placing a child in an institution is a good practice. However, as emphasized by UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks “more than 50 years of research show that children placed in institutions in early childhood are at risk of psychological, emotional and physical developmental delays. More importantly, this can only be recuperated by the care within a loving family environment”.
According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, every child has right to grow up in a family. If the child cannot grow up within the biological family, another caring family must be provided. Moreover, it is essential to support parents starting from the primary health care centres and maternity wards in order to prevent child abandonment, as data shows that 59% of children under three come to the Child Home in Bijela directly after birth.
The campaign “Every child needs a family” is part of a wide-ranging social and child welfare system reform aimed at enabling every child to grow up in a safe family. The government is leading the multi-year reform with the technical support from UNICEF and UNDP and financial support from the European Union.
For more information, please contact:Jelena Perovic
Communication Officer - UNICEF Montenegro
Telephone: +382 20 224 277, ext.3
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