High-level meeting reaffirms that moving children to a family environment is the best solution

UNICEF Statement

14 June 2021

TBILISI, Georgia. 14 June, 2021. UNICEF together with the European Union, Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs, Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church of Georgia and World Vision participated at the Patriarchate in a high-level meeting on Sunday dedicated to ending institutional care for children in Georgia.

UNICEF is pleased that all parties are committed to the deinstitutionalization of all children and maintaining the best interest of the child.

UNICEF emphasizes the necessity to move children from institutions as soon as possible while at the same time following appropriate case management principles including assessment of children’s needs and their placement environment. UNICEF highlights the right of children to be heard throughout the process so that children can be prepared and ready to transition to family- and community-based care.

UNICEF calls for strengthening family support services, to support these children after leaving the institution and their families, as well as to improve support to vulnerable families to prevent separation in the future.

While children stay in institutions, the need for all relevant monitoring institutions including the Public Defender’s Office to make sure that children's rights are fully respected remains.

UNICEF continues its cooperation with relevant partners to end the institutional care of all children in Georgia.

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UNICEF Georgia


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