With the common efforts of all institutions and the civil sector, we can successfully complete the process of deinstitutionalization of childcare. Bulgaria is also a good example in other countries that are or are about to begin this process. This was stated by Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Bisser Petkov, during his participation in a conference on the deinstitutionalization of childcare, organized by Hope and Homes for Children – Bulgaria.
“Achieved results in this area give us reason to mobilize our efforts to complete the process of deinstitutionalization of childcare in the period up to 2021, which we have set a deadline in the social services bill. I welcome your efforts and expert assistance, as well as those of the New Bulgarian University Know-How Center for Alternative Care for Children, to develop this process with the necessary quality and pace”, Minister Petkov said.
In his speech, the Minister pointed out that since the start of the deinstitutionalization process in 2010, the number of children accommodated in existing institutions has so far decreased. This is a real result of the deinstitutionalization process, with the children being delivered family or close to family care, he added.
I am delighted that this event is part of the communication campaign launched by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy under the motto “Mission is Possible” because we all work to realize this noble mission to provide children with the best environment to grow and develop their potential at all stages of their childhood, said Minister Petkov. He pointed out that this is the vision of the new National Strategy for the Child with Horizon 2030, which is currently being published for public discussion.