UNITE FAMILIES: PROVINCE SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH NATIONAL SECRETARY FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES

It is an initiative to promote alternative care in extended families or affective referents in childhood and adolescence with exceptional protection measures; and thus to avoid their placement in institutional settings.

The Ministry of Social Development of the province has signed with the National Secretariat for Children, Adolescents and the Family (SENAF) an agreement to join the “Unite Families” program, an initiative to promote alternative care in extended families or affective referents of children. and juveniles with exceptional protection measures; and thus to avoid their placement in institutional settings.

This is a monthly financial benefit for the responsible adult who temporarily cares for the child or adolescent who cannot remain in their birth family.

Recognizing and prioritizing care in their extended families, the state guarantees the right of children and adolescents to full personal development in their family, social and cultural environment.

The agreement was created between the National Secretariat for Children, Adolescents and Family (SENAF) at the Ministry of Social Development of the nation, in the person of its head Gabriel Lerner; and the Minister of Social Development of the Chaco, María Pia Chiacchio Cavanagh, who has under her orbit the Undersecretary for Children, Adolescents and the Family, who will be the authority responsible for the implementation of the program in the province.

The Unite Families initiative turns into grants, as a measure that considers the economic benefit to support extended families or affective referents who care for children and adolescents, in the absence or separation from their nuclear family, due to situations of violation of rights.

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In this framework, Minister Chiacchio Cavana was pleased with the agreement and explained that: “The reunification of families becomes a current state and as an important benefit, so that children and adolescents are not always institutionalized after having gone through painful situations. and in order to restore the violated rights. With this, we offer the possibility that they have another option, another alternative to be accommodated in another family or by direct relatives when they are affected by emergency measures. That’s why we’re moving forward on this issue, the deinstitutionalization of children and adolescents, with a specific budget line addressing the issue,” the official concluded.

For his part, Lerner pointed out: “From the nation, we come to strengthen the daily work done by the deputy secretary, the ministry and the provincial government for the benefit of children, and that is a lot. With our actions, we expand the possibilities so that girls, boys and adolescents have a place to develop, to grow, in addition to other experiences such as home, family, support”.

As part of the signing of the agreement, Lerner, accompanied by provincial officials, toured spaces and institutional facilities.

More about Unite Families

This new economic benefit can be requested and implemented by local SENAF child and adolescent agencies to improve the income of extended, affective families and community families who are responsible for the care of children and adolescents who cannot stay with your birth family.

Its purpose is to promote alternative care in extended families or affective referents of children and adolescents who are subject to exceptional protection measures. In this way, it seeks to avoid placing them in institutional settings for socio-economic reasons.

It is intended for people who are related to children and adolescents by consanguinity, consanguinity, affinity or because they are considered part of the extended family and who have taken over the temporary care of them during some extraordinary measure, as well as need a resource to exercise the care responsibilities to which they have committed themselves.

The subsidy stems from the need to strengthen the work carried out by local and provincial organizations for children and adolescents to accompany these families and that they have been raised several times before national organizations and within the Federal Council. For this reason, in accordance with Law 26,061 and through the National Secretariat for Children, Adolescents and the Family at the Ministry of National Social Development, the state provides technical and material resources to guarantee the right of children and adolescents to live in a family environment, deepening the overall protection policies launched in 2020 to directly strengthen institutions and facilities for children and adolescents undergoing exceptional measures.

The national state intends to reach with this measure and according to the latest update of the survey of children and adolescents without parental care carried out in the country, 6,400 girls and boys with exceptional measures and who are under the care of their extended family. The amount of the economic distribution is equivalent to 50% of the minimum living and mobility wage received monthly for a period of 6 months, renewable if appropriate. And it can reach 80% if it is a sibling group of three or more members.

The procedure must be initiated by the provincial authority that takes the protection measure and is the representative of the Federal Council for Children, Adolescents and the Family (COFENAF), through the corresponding request to SENAF. More information: aunarfamilias@senaf.gob.ar.

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