Azerbaijan State Committee on Family, Women, Children Requires Additional Authorities

Azerbaijan State Committee on Family, Women, Children Requires Additional Authorities

Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr. S. Ilhamgizi / The State Commission on Family, Women, and Children Affairs requires additional authorities for controlling street-children, the Chairman of the State Commission, Hijran Huseynova, said at a press conference on 5 October.

According to her, Azerbaijan has no official statistical data on its street-children, because most of these children return to their families after some time. Educational institutes are also responsible for the problem. Most street-children go to secondary school, where control over attendance is poor, she said.

Residents of orphanages or children-homes and street-children are controlled by state bodies. Huseynova believes these authorities should be unified under one organization.

Some 202 street-children have been adopted since 2005. Children who outgrow orphanages (after they are fourteen years old) will be addressed in the Development Program for 2008-11.

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