A proportion of foster children of all children under the age of 18 in 2012 amounted to 1.9 per cent in Lithuania and was one of the largest in Europe. Research and statistical indicators show that the process of De-institutionalization Lithuania is very sluggish. The presentation seeks to estimate possibilities to foster children deprived of parental care in alternative families, but not in institutional foster homes in Lithuania. The question is raised whether the public is aware of the problems faced by children growing in institutions? Previous research claims and home care workers' testimony shows that for children in foster care occurs the large number of problems, e. g. bad health, special needs or disabilities. The education of adults and cultural activities are recommended in order to overcome communication gap.
Dalia Stražinskaitė, Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Lithuania
Stream: Education: social justice and social change
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