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Czech Republic to abolish infant homes by 2013

Czech Republic to abolish infant homes by 2013

The Czech government plans to abolish all of the country’s infant homes where babies under the age of three are placed if they are considered at risk or their families cannot take care of them. Some 2,000 infants spent time in these homes last year – but beginning in January 2013, the government wants to place babies in individual foster care. Most experts have welcomed the idea but many warn that much needs to be improved in the foster care system before infant homes can be abolished. Radio Prague spoke to *Petra Vrtbovská, the head of the NGO NATAMA which helps to find foster parents for children at risk.

More information + pictures + radio interview in English: http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czech-republic-to-abolish-infant-homes-by-2013

SEE IFCO's STATEMENT ON BABY HOMES MADE TO THE UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD COMMITTEE IN SEPTEMBER 2005 >

IFCO's submission to the Committee for the Rights of the Child

*Petra Vrtbovská was a plenary and workshop presenter at the IFCO 2007 Conference in Malta.

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