Abandoned Bulgarian Children to Be Kept Out of Orphanages

Society | November 24, 2010, Wednesday // 16:51|  views

Abandoned Bulgarian children should not live any longer in specialized institutions by 2020, according to Bulgaria's national strategy for keeping children out of orphanages.

Some EUR 180 M is the amount of money planned for spending on keeping Bulgarian children out of the orphanages. A total of 130 institutions will be closed and five projects have already started for achieving that.

One of these projects, funded by EU's "Human Resources Development" operative program, is for the closure of 24 Bulgarian institutions for disabled children.

Another project is for closing 74 orphanages.

Additionally, according to the National Strategy, every community in Bulgaria which has the status of a regional center must have at least 10 foster families.

At present, there are 475 foster families in Bulgaria, which have accommodated more than 417 children. Last year, 800 children were adopted.

The number of institutions for children below three years of age is 32. They have accommodated 2 334 children and only 0.7% of them are orphans. Most of the children are abandoned due to poverty.

A shocking announcement was made recently that malnutrition, cold, and deplorable living conditions have claimed the lives of 236 Bulgarian orphans in the last 10 years.

The case with the Bulgarian orphanage in the Mogilino village became particularly publicly known two years ago, when BBC broadcasted a documentary dedicated to the abandoned children in Bulgaria and the strikingly poor conditions in Bulgarian orphanages.

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Tags: orphanages, Bulgarian children, institutions, Human Resources Development


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