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Child Welfare and Protection in Georgia

Activity Report of State Care Agency

21/12/2021

On December 20, at 13:00, official meeting summarizing the 2 years activity of Agency for the State Care and Assistance for the (Statutory) Victims of Human Trafficking was held in Hotel Ramada By Wyndham Old City. The meeting was organized with support of the Delegation of the European Union in Georgia.

Tamila Barkalaia, Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia opened the meeting with a welcome speech.

Meri Maglaperidze, Director of Agency for State Care and Assistance for the (Statutory) Victims of Human Trafficking  made a presentation about the activities carried out in the agency over the past 2 years, the results achieved and future plans. The summary report mainly focused on the deinstitutionalization process, social work, the 24-hour response mechanism, as well as announced about the opening of an integrated service (Barnahus) for child victims of sexual abuse in Georgia.

Maia Mgeliashvili, Head of the World Vision Georgia Child Protection and External Engagement  Department, presented the achievements of the project “Reinforcing the Child Welfare and Protection in Georgia”. In addition, the main focus was on the existing challenges in the child protection field and the results achieved. Within the framework of the project, World Vision Georgia with partner organizations carried out various activities to strengthen the Child Welfare System – supported the implementation of the code on the Rights of Child in Georgia, established child protection departments in local municipalities; developed various training modules; trained 316 foster parents, provided training to 130 municipal social workers and 250 social workers from state care agency.

The event was organized within the EU-funded project “ Reinforcing the Child Welfare and Protection in Georgia” which has been implemented by World Vision Georgia since 2019 and aims to support the Government of Georgia in developing a child welfare system and alternative child care services.

Deputy Ministers, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, donor and partner organizations, members of the diplomatic corps, media representatives, and other honorary guests.

Contact person: Lali Galumashvili, Public Relations Manager; Agency for State Care; Tel: 595 055 750; e-mail: lgalumashvili@yahoo.com

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