President calls for centralized decision on child removal from family

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DELFI / Andrius Ufartas

“Recalling the tragedy in Kėdainiai a year ago, I then said that we should probably think about making protection of child’s rights centralized. Regardless of whether it is an institution under the ministry or under the government, we need to help local government and local child’s rights institutions in their decision-making. Who will dare to make the fast decisions about the need to move a child to a safer environment? Experience from many countries shows that this can be done in a fast and impartial manner by a centralized institution,” the president told Kaunas journalists on Friday.

Grybauskaitė was in the country’s second city to inquire about restructuring of child custody schemes and also answered questions about the latest tragedy when a 4-year-old boy was beaten to death in his home in Kėdainiai. A year ago, another incident occurred in Kėdainiai when a father threw two of his children into a well.

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“I believe we will not have a fast system to ensure safety of our children until we have a centralized decision-maker who will be fully authorized to make decisions and will not be part of the region,” said the president.

Grybauskaitė criticized the law-enforcement, saying questioning underage persons without a psychologist is unprofessional.

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