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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
FROM FIDES NEWS
Sofia hosts 'Voices of the Abandoned' International Conference on abandoned children in Europe
Sofia (Agenzia Fides) - "Voices of the Abandoned", is the title of an International Conference which will take place on 26 September at the Culture House in Sofia (Bulgaria). Promoted by the Amici dei Bambini, the conference is an opportunity for institutions and experts to discuss the situation of abandoned children in Europe. The results of studies carried out in Italy, France, Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia will be presented for the first time. These countries participated in a programme co-financed by the European Union "Social inclusion for out of family children and young people in public childcare".
As part of the programme AiBi opened an ad hoc web site - www.childout.org - where the results of research and official documents can be accessed. The research is the fruit of two years of activity with the collaboration of members of public and private institutions and the academic world. There will be a presentation of the good points of certain "childhood systems", applicable also in different social contexts from those examined; as well as the weak points which need to be strengthened by the governments to improve policies to safeguard minors in the respective countries. The meeting will also illustrate the degree of cultural transformation of services for minors in the new EU member countries and the existing difficulties in other national contexts. There will also be time for reflection with representatives of institutions and experts on childhood and international organisations. Public Relations/Office Amici dei Bambini: Francesca Mineo. Tel: 02-98822.361. (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 24/9/2007, righe 20, parole 277)