September 07th, 2018, at the Ministry’s Head quarter, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha had a cordial meeting with Mr. Thomas Abbott – Director of ASEAN’s Care for Children. Attending the meeting were Leadership representatives from the Department of International Cooperation, Department of Child Affairs and other related units.
At the meeting, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha welcomed Mr. Thomas Abbott and his colleagues. The Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha also recognized the good cooperation between the two sides for recently on the mutual interested fields, especially, the field of child care and protection. Since 2014, MOLISA has cooperated with Care for Children and UNICEF held successfully the Conference on “Sharing the international experience on enhancing the legal framework on the model of family adopting children with special circumstances". For more than 4 years, the two sides had a considerable progress in the work of placement care for children with special circumstance in Vietnam.
Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha affirmed that the children’s issues always be paid attention by the Party, the State and have some important results. The children’s rights have been better implemented.
She said that currently, there were about 1.5 million children with special circumstances in Vietnam and more than 2 million children at risk of falling into special circumstances. About 90% children with special circumstances are benefited by the social protection policies. In the group of children with special circumstances, there are over 170,000 orphans or abandoned children, lacking of nutrition, caring in the community, 15,000 children with special circumstances have been cared in 195 state social protection centers and over 6000 children with special circumstances have been cared in more than 200 non-state social protection center with over 250,000 social work staffs and volunteers.
Sharing at the meeting, Mr. Thomas Abbott congratulated the Vietnamese Government for the achievements in the implementation of the Law on Child Affairs... Along with that, according to the plan of 2018, the pilot project in Hanoi and Thai Nguyen according to activities: Develop training materials on family placement care; Organize training workshops on family placement care; Support for pilot implementation at the two sites and the development of a toolkit for practice of alternative care… Mr. Thomas Abbott also emphasized that since 2016, Care for Children has come to Vietnam and find out alternative care in Hanoi and Thai Nguyen. Care for Children has decided to work with MOLISA to develop a pilot project on alternative care. In 2017, the Department of Child Affairs coordinated with the International Cooperation Department to support the development of content and Cooperation Programs as well as the Cooperation Agreement signed in August, 2017 ...
Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha said that MOLISA welcomed and supported Care for Children collaborating with Department of Child Affairs and localities to implement the pilot model of family placement care for children with special circumstances in the current context, Vietnam has been stepping up the implementation of the relevant provisions of the Law on Child Affairs. This is a significant opportunity for the Vietnam to learn experiences from the activities that Care for Children has successfully implemented in countries around the world and applied suitable with the socio-economic conditions and cultural traditions of Vietnam. This is also a good opportunity to improve the capacity and awareness of social workers in social support centers, and to mobilize human and financial resources from families and communities in order to provide alternative care for children in special circumstances.
At the end of the meeting, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha believed that the two sides would cooperate effectively in the future. She also recommended that Care for Children continue to work closely with the Department of Child Affairs during the implementation of this project in accordance with the 2018 plan and subsequent years.