6 state and 4 private orphanages operate in Armenia. The state wants to get rid of these institutions; reforms are needed.
As of January 1, 2016, 660 children live in 6 state orphanages of the republic. Most of them were brought to orphanages by their parents because of social problems. 95 percent of these children have at least one parent.
The state aims at reorganizing both the boarding schools and the orphanages into day care centers and develop the institution of foster families. It became possible when in 2005 the UN Children’s Fund provided aid to review the Family Code.
The calculations show that the sums allocated annually to the orphanages will be enough for covering the expenses of 4-member 826 families. Or for 1222 foster families for taking children from orphanages and taking care of them.
Human Rights Watch international human rights organization isn’t pleased how the Government of Armenia carries out the process. What are the obstacles in this issue? What awaits the pupils and graduates of the orphanages?
Kiraki (Sunday) program hosted Karine Khachatryan, a chief specialist of Family, Women and Children Affairs Department of the Staff of Armenia’s Labour and Social Affairs and Srbuhi Aghababyan, student at American University of Armenia, former social employee of an orphanage, former pupil of orphanage.
Our colleagues from Qyavar and Kamut TV companies prepared materials for the program.