Children in Georgia face a higher risk of poverty than any other population group. Georgia still lacks a holistic, child-sensitive social protection system that helps families cope with shocks and strengthen their resilience. Gaps remain in child-centered legislation/policies, monetary benefits and social services. Many vulnerable families and children are still left behind, especially children with disabilities, children victims of violence, children of national minorities and children from poor families.
A high level of vulnerability is caused by poverty dynamics that are characterized by a very high movement in and out of poverty, i.e. any sudden shock, such as unemployment, illness or death in the family, may push a family into poverty. Young parents in their 20s-30s, who face high unemployment rates and limited state support, bring up the vast majority of children. Furthermore, children and their families face critical gaps in terms of access and coverage of child-friendly social services and family support services, especially in rural areas.