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18 Feb 2020
The European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) has been shaken by the news of a devastating fire in a care home for persons with disabilities in Vejprty, Czech Republic. The fire claimed the lives of...
07 Jan 2020
Research has found a link between institutional deprivation and smaller brain size in young adulthood. A London-based team examined a group of adoptees from Ceaușescu-era live-in institutions in Romania where children had no toys, food, or...
04 Dec 2019
The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP) sent their views on the findings of the Disability Rights International report, which was presented last week, to news website Dnevnik. The Ministry called the findings tendentious, unrepresentative,...
26 Nov 2019
Balkan Insight reported on Disability Rights International's (DRI) critique of the lack of significant change in the ways in which children with disabilities are cared for, despite the recent move towards deinstitutionalisation. According to DRI,...
18 Nov 2019
More than 250 experts from universities, institutions and non-governmental organizations from Europe, Australia, Central Asia and the US discussed childcare reform at the International Conference on ‘Deinstitutionalization of Childcare: Investing in...
16 Nov 2019
Bulgaria ON AIR shared a video interview with Evgeniya Toneva from the Center for the Alternative Care for Children at NBU. In the interview, Evgeniya Toneva notes that there are only 21 social care homes in Bulgaria that still need to be...
08 Oct 2019
Like all socialist countries in the former Soviet bloc, Bulgaria developed a state-based child care system in the second half of the 20th century. This system was based on the socialist ideology which allowed the state to control families and “shape...
16 Mar 2016
In the past few years we have witnessed a process of de-institutionalization, which is carried out in order to ensure better treatment of children in institutions, as well as better working conditions for employees. We often hear a variety of...

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