The Law on the Protection of the Rights of the Child of the Republic of Lithuania states that the protection of the rights of the child in the Republic of Lithuania is guaranteed by the state and its institutions, local government institutions, public organizations, whose activities relate to the protection of the rights of the child.
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. Read more
ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE
A foster care (guardianship) is established for a child in cases where the child‘s parents due to various adverse circumstances such as addictions, diseases, lack of social skills, failure to take proper care for a child or abuse of parental authority cannot raise a child by themselves.