Two fascinating articles about Latvia's orphan care system have appeared in The Baltic Times in recent weeks. [Special Task Minister for Children and Family Affairs] Ainars Bastiks' desire for the wholesale restructuring of this system is long overdue. For too long key leaders in Latvia have offered one lame excuse after the other for preserving a system that values bureaucracy, institutionalism and political fodder over the urgent importance of addressing the basic needs of children that can only be met in healthy families.Every Latvian child needs a family. This value and priority should ...
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