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Having a family should not be a privilege or a distant dream, it is the right of every child

The conference "Every Child Needs a Family" on the prevention of separation of children from their families and the transformation of institutions for the accommodation of children without parental care organized by the Joint Committee on Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the support of UNICEF BiH and the European Union was held on October 3 in Sarajevo. Around a hundred of government representatives, civil society organizations and the academic community, professionals in the field of child protection and the young people with experience of living in the institutions and/or foster families were gathered at the conference.

"The state of BiH must take all the necessary measures and create the conditions that will ensure that children without parental care, children at risk of separation from families and children with disabilities have the same rights and status as other children in BiH," said Maja Gasal-Vražalica from the Joint Committee on Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, adding that the Committee will review the conference conclusions.

UNICEF representative in BiH Geeta Narayan said that authorities at all levels should invest more in
the prevention of family separation, and that even in cases where separation is in the best interest of the child, it should be ensured that the child is placed in a foster family or another form of the community-based care. "Placing children with disabilities and children under the age of three in some form of the institutional care should be a last resort and a temporary measure, UNICEF representative Narayan emphasised.

Head of the EU Delegation and the EU Special Representative in BiH Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark underlined the need for the appropriate legislation in order to secure support to families with children and social protection services, as well as to strengthen alternative care forms. “Scientists and experts who have carefully studied this issue assure us that institutionalization is harmful for a physical, hormonal, emotional and intellectual development of any child. It is my strong belief that having a family should not be a privilege or a distant dream, but the right of every child" Ambassador Wigemark concluded.

In cooperation with relevant ministries and relevant non-governmental organizations, UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina has implemented the project "Support to the Transformation of Child Care Institutions and Prevention of Family Separation", funded by the European Union. The aim of the project is to ensure the exercise of the children's rights of growing up in a family environment, and through institutional improvements related to their social inclusion.

 

 

 
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