The End of Infant Homes in the Czech Republic?



Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Studies
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Economics and Administration

Field Economy
Keywords Substitute family care professional foster parent family assistant social expenditures
Description Representatives of international organizations defending the rights of children often criticize the Czech Republic for the high number of minors placed into institutional care (i.e. infant homes and children’s homes). The trend throughout Europe in recent years is actually the placement of children in substitute family care. This trend could lead to the vacancy and subsequent dissolution of institutional care facilities. This paper compares the economic positions of two care models, i.e. the costs of institutional care and foster care (professional families). According to various experts in the field of child psychology and psychiatry, substitute family care is more beneficial to children than institutional care; for this reason, the demand for phasing out activities of infant and children’s homes has been expressed clearly. The paper contributes to the economic perspective of this discussion. One argument has been whether the dissolution of infant and children’s homes may also lead to decreases in government spending.
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