The Department of Social Welfare says it is still in the process of identifying families of children in some thirteen  orphanages in the Central Region ear marked for closure.
According to the Deputy Director in charge of Child Rights Promotion and Protection of the Department, Fred Sakyi Boafo, these orphanages will be closed due to failure to maintain accepted standards.
“Central region has thirteen orphanages ear marked for closure out of about twenty due to bad standards”.
Mr. Boafo said the department is now pushing for the de-institutionalization of children in need of care to ensure effective nurturing.
In an interaction he granted ATL FM News, Mr. Boafo said the department is focusing on reuniting children with their families and at the moment is tracing the families of these children and also carry out the needed assessment of the families before the children are reintegrated.
“Before we reintegrate, we have to do the tracing, child and family assessments and once everything is ok we will reintegrate the children”.
The Deputy Director in charge of Child Rights Promotion and Protection of the Department of Social Welfare also said about 80% of children found in orphanages and institutional homes have families and as such need not be in the orphanages and homes.
He said the homes ear marked for closure have children who have families. The Department is therefore treading cautiously in order to place the children in comfortable and safe families.
Source: ATL FM News