The Prime Minister of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic, emphasized that the Government will continue providing family support services in order to prevent child abandonment and keep biological families together. „We will continue, through a responsible approach and the work of the staff, not only of centres for social work but also of health centres, maternity wards and educational institutions, and in cooperation with our international partners, to promote an environment that will encourage and create opportunities for children to grow up in a family – through placing children in kinship and non-kinship foster families”, Djukanovic emphasized.
According to Andre Lys, head of operations of the European Union Delegation to Montenegro, the ongoing child welfare reform currently underway in Montenegro, is leading towards full achievement of international standards in the child protection system: “We have already seen in Montenegro important advancements in regulations and practices regarding inclusive education, the shift from institutional to family based care, as well as, expanding and improving quality of social and child protection services”.
To Mira and her family of three, the arrival of a foster baby has positively changed their lives. She is grateful for the chance she has been given and, to everyone thinking of becoming a foster parent, her message is: “It does not matter how old you are, or whether you have children of your own or not. It is important that you are not selfish, that you have got the space, energy, strength, will and the wish to offer love to someone else in your life”.
The awareness-raising campaign “Every child needs a family” is being conducted within the project „Social Welfare and Child Care System Reform – Enhancing Social Inclusion“, which is implemented by the Government of Montenegro with technical assistance from UNICEF and UNDP and with financial support from the European Union.