The Georgian Coalition for Child and Youth Welfare and ChildPact organized a public hearing to present the main gaps in child welfare system to the Georgian government and raise the voice of children among the decision makers. The event took place at Courtyard Marriott Hotel, on July 30, 2014.
“I have worked on many different projects in Georgia but this one is very important as it refers to an essential requisite for the further development of Georgia: the new generation. I hope to see changes soon” , said Mr. Dumitru Badea, the Ambassador of Romania in Georgia.
The main topics of discussion were the gaps of child care system that does not yet consider Georgia’s most vulnerable youth. At the hearing the Policy Brief “No Cause for celebration: Ageing out of Care in Georgia” was presented. The brief highlighted the problems of youth aging out of institutions or alternative family-based care who are not yet equipped for independent life.Young children who left state care and continue to need support presented their problems and shared experience. A short documentary about their lives was also presented.
Natia Pirashvili – Representative of the Office of Public Defender of Georgia stated: “Based on the report, from the Office of Public Defender of Georgia, Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia will include parents’ educational strategy into their plan for the upcoming year, because empowering families is the way of preventing children from going to the state care. The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia will also be working towards involving children from the state care into the formal educational activities.”
Maya Mgeliashvili, Child Protection, Services and Advocacy Manager at World Vision Georgia declared: “It’s very important to organize such a multidimensional research for evaluating the Child Welfare System. We hope that priority areas that were identified will really become part of the state policy”.
Over 70 stakeholders including parliamentarians, government officials, international agencies, human rights defender’s office, local civil society organizations, childcare institutions and child protection specialists attended the event.
“I hope that after few years we will see the results of our activities, just remember that we stand by your side” said Nika Kochishcili, representative of EU Delegation.