About the Service

About the Service

 

State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour

Vision

A professional team that ensures equal and clear protection of the rights of the child which is guaranteed for every child.

Mission

To safeguard and protect the rights and legitimate interests of every child.

Objectives

To build an independent, impartial and professional team.

To ensure a uniform practice of the interpretation and application of the legal acts.

To respond to every report on the violation of the rights of the child – zero-tolerance policy in terms of the violation of the rights of the child.

To create a uniform, recognizable, child friendly environment of the Service.

To promote and increase public intolerance for violations of the rights of the child.

Values

Voice of the child

Cooperation

Professionalism of staff members

Transparency of activity

 

History

The State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour (hereinafter referred to as the Adoption Service) was established in accordance with the Article 2 of the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Ratification of the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, the Order No 17 of the Minister of Social Security and Labour of 28 February 2000 “Regarding the establishment of the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour and approval of the Regulations”. The Adoption Service started operating from the 1st of August, 2000.

The process of formation of the Adoption Service was completed in 2001. The Service was performing the functions assigned to it.

In 2002-2004 the Adoption Service operated as the state adoption institution the task of which is to organise national and cross-border adoption, to coordinate the work of the municipal child rights protection services in the field of adoption and to protect the rights and legitimate interests of the children adopted. The Adoption Service was not only further improving the adoption process, aid methods for the children adopted and foster parents but was also seeking to educate the society as widely as possible on the topic of adoption, to provide and disseminate further and more detailed information about the adoption process, adoptive families, their experience, benefits and positive aspects of adoption and the need for a change of attitude towards the secret of adoption.

In 2005, during the implementation of the strategy of Child welfare public policy approved by the Resolution No 184 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania of 17 February 2005 and the 2005-2012 plan of the measures of the implementation of the Strategy, the name of the Adoption Service was changed and the new Regulations of the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service were approved by the Resolution No 1114 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania of 20 October 2005 “Regarding the approval of the Regulations of the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour. The Service became the central institution for the protection of the rights of the child ensuring cooperation between the state and municipal institutions and bodies in the field of child welfare.

From 2005 to the present the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service, in cooperation with the said institutions as well as with non-governmental organizations and foreign central governments or their accredited institutions in the field of the protection of the rights of the child, implements the national and international measures to protect the rights of the child, informs the society about its activities, fostering and adoption procedures.

In order to build a continuously operating system of the protection of the rights of the child intended to ensure the formation of a uniform practice in safeguarding and protecting the rights and legitimate interests of the child and its application in the state, timely response to the violations of the rights of the child and prompt decision-making, a new system for the protection of the rights of the child that will offer more protection of the interests of the little ones has entered into force from 1st of July, 2018.

The Child‘s Rights Protection Divisions of all Lithuanian municipalities that work according to the same standards, - such as the unifying values and objectives, the same practice of the application of the rights is being formed, the unanimous, clear and specific actions in representing and protecting the interests of the child throughout the country are being performed, – became subordinate to the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service.

 

An institutional care restructuring project is in progress

From November 2015 the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour together with the Department of Disabled Affairs under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour implements the project Creation of the conditions of the system in Lithuania of sustainable transition from institutional care to the services provided in the family and community“ . The purpose of the project: to create the conditions that are necessary for the development and implementation in Lithuania of effective system of transition from institutional care to the services provided in the family and community.

The purpose of the institutional care restructuring – to pursue ensuring sustainable environment and conditions for every child (and for the intellectually and/or mentally disabled child) to grow in the biological family, and for the children deprived of parental care – to grow in the foster, adoptive family or household, to be assisted by the community. Also to provide the intellectually and/or mentally disabled persons (children and adults), their families with access to individual community-based services tailored to their needs. Further information on the project “Creation of the conditions of the system in Lithuania of sustainable transition from institutional care to the services provided in the family and community“  and institutional care reorganisation can be found on the website at http://www.pertvarka.lt/ and the column “Institutional care reorganisation“ of the website of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour.

Contact details of the experts of the project No 08.4.1-ESFA-V-405-01-0001 Creation of the conditions of the system in Lithuania of sustainable transition from institutional care to the services provided in the family and community“ .

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