Czech Rep. has highest number of children in institutional care
Czech NGOs say the Czech Republic has the highest number of children placed in institutional care of all European countries. Around 23,000 children are growing up in various types of institutions. The NGOs’ representatives told reporters on Saturday that more than half of all children in institutional care were taken away from their families because of poor living and social conditions. This could have been prevented by better social work with such families. The experts also said that Czech children’s care homes should be transformed into family-type facilities with the maximum of ten children, instead of the current 45.