Children without parents - an hq2 Cause
posted on Friday, April 17, 2009 01:46 PM
Full link here: http://hrw.org/children/deprived_care.htmChildren Deprived of Parental Care
Children around the world are often raised outside of a home environment and without the care of either biological or adopted parents. Without a parent as a natural advocate and protector, these children are particularly vulnerable.
Every child who is temporarily or permanently deprived of his or her family environment is entitled to special protection and assistance provided by the state. Children may be placed in institutions such as orphanages, group homes, foster family homes, relative placements, hospitals or other institutions charged with their care. Through these alternative care settings, the government must ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.
Ironically, these placements are often harmful to children. Many children face grossly substandard and over-crowded facilities, inadequate and at times inhumane care, physical and sexual abuse, cruel and degrading treatment, and life-threatening deprivation. Even in some institutions that are clean and provide adequate food, staff neglect children; babies are left to lie alone in cribs or small beds with no stimulation, play, or adult attention; adolescents are not provided the guidance and care needed to prepare for adulthood. Children and youth are often denied contact with extended family members and communities. Educational opportunities are frequently lacking and medical care abysmal. Denied the help and care of a natural family, many of these children and youth are further disadvantaged by systems that perpetuate abuse and neglect.
This is a cause hq2 will puts its efforts into contributing to going forwards.