Special press conference in Chisinau: De-institutionalisation of children in Moldova

The Moldavian national coalition for children, APSCF, hosted a special press conference on the 5th of June in the framework of ChildPact’s project “Together for Children: Stronger NGO Coalitions in the Black Sea Region” with the thematic of de-institutionalisation of children.

The event aimed to launch public key messages supporting the best interest of vulnerable children in the Republic of Moldova, in the context of a new child protection system reform to be soon assumed by the Moldavian government.

The President of APSCF, Stela Vasluian, has applauded the previous efforts made by the Moldavian government to reform the child protection system in the last 10 years, as well as the fact that the number of institutionalised children has been remarkably reduced by 52% in September 2012. However, she stressed that “Deinstitutionalisation must continue and must be fully completed”.

APSCF has called upon the future generation of Moldavian decision makers at all political levels to: (1) prioritise the deinstitutionalisation of children under 3 years old and the children with disabilities – since in these cases, institutionalisation causes the highest level of developmental damages to children; (2) to invest in measures that prevent the separation of the child from its family; (3) to develop alternative services of care to deinstitutionalisation – for children who cannot however live together with their family; (4) to better the referral mechanism in the child protection system; and (5) to invest in child protection experts and professionals.

APSCF has further stressed out the need to abolish the national culture of institutionalising children since clear scientific evidence advises against these unhealthy practices that only harm on the long-term the development of children.  The Moldavian public and decision makers must be aware that it is in the best interest of the child to grow up within their family, and whenever this is not possible, alternative care services are preferable to orphanages.