Ministry project sees 8,000 children return to families

Turkish state grants an average of TL 463 per month to families who have taken back children they had previously placed in the care of state-run homes for financial reasons.

Ministry project sees 8,000 children return to families

 World Bulletin/News Desk

Some 8,000 children previously cared for by government-operated children's homes have been returned to their families over the past seven years thanks to a state-funded project called “Return to Family.”

The aim of the project, which was implemented by the Ministry of Family and Social Policy, is to reduce the number of kids in state institutions and provide them with a real family environment.

As part of the project, the state grants an average of TL 463 per month to families who have taken back children they had previously placed in the care of state-run homes for financial reasons. This amount varies according to the financial means of the family and the child's level of education.

As of 2005, a total of 20,926 children were under the care of the state in government children's homes run by the Social Services and Child Protection Agency (SHÇEK). The “Return to Family” project has yielded positive results and around 8,000 children who were taken into care have so far been returned to their families. The state also provides financial support to around 33,000 children who live with their parents or relatives that are experiencing financial difficulties.

Sakarya Social Services Provincial Directorate head Kerem Toprak told Today's Zaman that they are providing financial support to families who cannot afford to take care of their children.

“A total of 145 children have returned to their families in Sakarya thanks to the ‘Return to Family' project,” Toprak said, adding that 133 children currently reside in their institutions. “The Sakarya Social Services Provincial Directorate will open three more state homes,” Toprak added.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Mayıs 2012, 14:50

Muhammed Öylek

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