The challenge of de-institutionalization in Latin America
Matilde Luna, Latin American Foster Care Network
Concepts → Symposium A1
Wednesday, 9 Octobre 2013
9 AM - 10.30 AM
The Latin American expert will discuss the difficulties that de-institutionalization processes face in the region, based on RELAF’s experience working “in the field” together with governmental authorities, NGOs carers, families and children in 31 cities of 15 Latin American and Caribbean countries. These activities of evaluation, training and cooperation, carried out thanks to the support of UNICEF, have made evident that one of the main challenges faced by the actors that make up the “systems of integral protection of Children’s Rights” (which were cited above) is the performance of actions towards the prevention, promotion and restitution of rights of children deprived of parental care. These experiences also allow the extraction of lessons regarding: the role of civil society organised through NGOs, and the role assigned to children and adolescents, and their families.
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