Source: Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch released a 102-page report that highlights how thousands of children in Armenia live away from their families and are placed in orphanages and residential schools due to poverty and disabilities, demonstrating a lack of inclusivity and inequality.
The report also found that the Armenian government is not putting their resources toward alleviating inequality and reducing the number of children in institutions. A study conducted by UNICEF shows that maintaining children in institutions in Armenia costs between 3,000 and 5,000 US dollars, while such funding can be used for community-based services and supporting families.
Human Rights Watch states, “Failing to provide family-based care for children with disabilities on an equal basis with other children is discriminatory and should be ended immediately.”
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