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Deputy Minister Dimitrova: 18 premises for patronage care for children to be renovated with HRD OP funding

Resources under the Human Resources Development Operational Programme will be used for renovation of 18 premises of municipalities or medical establishments for the development of patronage carefor children. This was announced by Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Rositsa Dimitrova at the 6th International Midwifery Academy in Veliko Tarnovo. The project will provide BGN 900,000 for renovation activities, furniture and equipment for patronage care facilities in Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Varna, Veliko Tarnovo, Vidin, Vratsa, Dobrich, Kardzhali, Kyustendil, Lovech, Pleven, Razgrad, Silistra, Smolyan, Sofia, Stara Zagora, Haskovo and Yambol, the Deputy Minister pointed out. By 2020, patronage care staff will be trained in all 28 districts of the country.


At the forum, Ms Dimitrova presented key highlights of the updated plan to continue childcare deinstitutionalisation. It includes measures to expand the network of services to prevent child abandonment. There are also plans to train maternity ward medical specialists on how to tell parents about the baby's disability. Integrated services forearly childhood development and early intervention of disabilities will be developed, Deputy Minister Rositsa Dimitrova said.


She added that most efforts would be aimed at preventing the risks of abandoning children through timely and adequate support for families. In order to prevent theplacement of children under the age of 3 in residential care, alternative care services should be developed in a family-type environment. Abandonment prevention measures also include assessment of parental capacity and the child's needs, Deputy Minister Dimitrova added.

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