Kosovo: “If there is a strong reason to fight, it is that children should grow-up in families”

Source: Coalition of NGOs for Child Protection (KOMF)

Within a new campaign aimed to emphasize the importance of the biological family and the various alternative forms of family care, SOS Children’s Villages in cooperation with KOMF organized a press conference and a series of workshops with parents, where they discussed some of the main difficulties and concerns of these families in the area of education, health and care.

The speakers at the press conference were Mr. Isa Hasani – Deputy Ombudsman, Ms. Donjeta Kelmendi – Executive Director of the Coalition of NGOs for Child Protection (KOMF) and Mrs. Nezahat Ramadan Salihu – National Director of SOS Children’s Villages in Kosovo.

Mrs. Salih stated that strong and united families help the welfare of the mother, the raising of children and the promotion of the right and moral responsibility: “A society can have hope only if it acts and feels like a big family, and a big family might have hope only if it cares, and helps boost the welfare of children “.

Vice Ombudsman, Mr. Isa Hasani said that the Ombudsman mission applauds and supports this campaign which will have a great impact and also increase awareness for the protection of children without parental care, as well as the importance of attention devoted to the special care. He considered the campaign to be an important tool to raise awareness among the wider public and devote more time to this segment of population.

Ms. Donjeta Kelmendi, KOMF Director, emphasized that the goal of this campaign is to draw attention of the public institutions on the protection of the family and protection of children without parental care. The protection of children without parental care is guaranteed by the Convention on Child Rights and every child has the right to grow in a family, she argued. Ms. Kelmendi highlighted once again the importance of this campaign: “If there is a strong reason to fight, then it is that children should grow-up in families”. Ms. Kelmendi presented some data on children without parental care, stating that in Kosova during the year:

  • About 50 children are abandoned
  • About 45 children lose parental care
  • About 100 children are fostered in foster care
  • About 600 children are fostered in kinship care
  • About 120 children are sheltered in residential shelter
  • About 35 children are adopted