Strategy development for the reform of the state care system for children deprived of parental care living in state care institutions

Andy Bilson and Richard Carter

This report written for UNICEF identifies the key elements for a strategy to take forward the Government of Ukraine’s programme for the reform of child welfare. The report identifies three essential elements in an effective reform process: these are: (i) the reintegration, where possible, of children with their own families; (ii) where it is not, placement of children in alternative family-based care; and (iii) prevention of institutional placement. The report goes on to discuss progress in the reforms so far, including the promulgation of the Government’s Concept for Reform and the Kyiv Oblast experiment on the payment of social benefits, and suggests that, although these represent a considerable advance, much further action is necessary.

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