Adrović with Santander: Creating better conditions for children's lives

"When it is in the best interest of a child to be separated from his biological family, he should be placed in a foster family, not in an institution. That is why it is necessary to establish foster care centers to promote and support foster families, while improving the financial conditions for foster parents so that children enabled a decent standard of living," Santander said

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Santander and Adrović, Photo: Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
Santander and Adrović, Photo: Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
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Minister of Labor and Social Welfare Admir Adrović had his first official meeting with the head of the UNICEF representative office in Montenegro, Juan Santander

"The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare will continue its cooperation with UNICEF in order to create better conditions for the lives of children in our country through joint efforts. The current focus of the Ministry's work is to strengthen the personnel capacities of centers for social work so that case managers can way to dedicate themselves to work on each individual case," said Adrović at the meeting with Santander.

As announced by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, Adrović stated that the development of a new Strategy for deinstitutionalization is underway, which would foresee ways to develop new services.

"Primarily, what will be the focus of further work is the establishment of a foster care center where foster parents would undergo training and thus be trained to provide this service even more professionally," said Adrović.

He added that the plan is to create an Analysis of the legal framework on violence against children, as well as to develop a program to strengthen counseling services for the treatment and psychosocial support of child victims of violence.

Although Montenegro has made progress in the past decade in reducing the total number of children in residential institutions, UNICEF called on the Ministry to accelerate efforts to support biological families and prevent the separation of children from their families. UNICEF will support the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare in developing the first national strategy on deinstitutionalization.

"Every child needs a family. UNICEF is therefore calling for an increase in the number of social workers who visit families in crisis to help them overcome difficulties and ensure that children stay with their families whenever possible. When it is in the child's best interest to be separated from his biological family, he should be placed in a foster family, and not in an institution. This is why it is necessary to establish foster care centers for the promotion and support of foster families, while improving financial conditions for foster parents in order to provide children with a decent standard of living," Santander said. it was announced by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare.

He also referred to the importance of the European Child Guarantee - an EU instrument that aims to ensure that all children in need and facing obstacles have access to basic services in social and child protection, health and education, as well as solving the problem of child poverty and social exclusion.

"UNICEF and the Government of Montenegro will jointly develop and implement the European Guarantee for Children based on examples of best practice from the EU," the announcement states.

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