Children’s rights ombudsman: Penza region parents now abandon newborn less often
Penza, 27 May 2016. PenzaNews. The number of newborn children abandoned by their parents in the Penza region decreased in 2015 compared to the previous year, announced the regional children’s rights ombudsman Elena Stolyarova in her report during the 35th meeting session of the regional Legislative Assembly on Friday, May 27.
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“If we speak about the children’s rights for being brought up and educated in their own families, sadly, 2015 showed a slight increase of parents who lost parenting rights,” she pointed out.
As Elena Stolyarova pointed out, the children injury rate went down in the region; however, the issue of early diagnosis and prevention of somatic and mental illnesses among teenagers still remains relevant.
During her report, the children’s rights ombudsman stressed the issues related to conscientiously avoiding vaccination.
“In 2015, there were several cases when children would stop going to kindergartens, as their mothers would decline giving permissions for vaccinating their children, and unvaccinated children are not allowed to go to kindergartens. Sadly, this problem is typical not just for the Penza region, but other Russian regions as well. There is still a legal collision between the prohibition for a child to go to the kindergarten if he is not vaccinated against TB, but has a legal right to receive educational services,” she explained.
Also, Elena Stolyarova noted that she received several complaints on unacceptable money collection from parents without taking into account the opinion of the parents who do not have the money to participate in such charities.
“The parents are also worried that they have to resort to tutoring children even with the full school program available,” the children’s rights ombudsman added.
In her comment on the children’s rights situation in the region, Elena Stolyarova called it positively stable, and suggested to resume the work of the Penza region council on family, motherhood, fatherhood and childhood.