The economic crisis breaks more and more families in Greece and state officials report of shocking cases, where parents try to give their children to the protection of social institutions because they can’t feed them. Ethnos newspaper reports that parents seek the prosecutions’ offices in order to be able to have their children placed in a orphanage, and thus on a daily basis.
The newspaper reports of a case of a 30-year-old woman from a suburb of western Athens. She asked the prosecutor to ‘keep her baby so that it won’t die of cold’. The woman had no money to pay for the rent, while the electricity was cut off. The prosecutors’ office staff made a fundraising, gave her money to pay the rent so she won’t be separated form her child. They also informed the municipality to support the woman as much as possible.
In another case, a mother of four asked the prosecutor to have her two youngest children (7 and 9) been taking care of by the state. The unemployed woman had an older son, who had no job either. The was no money at all to feed the children.
The number of parents who seek state or private welfare institutions (orphanages, SOS Children’s Villages) for their children is increasing dramatically. The main reason is lack of money to feed the children.
According to Ethnos, there has been an increase of 65% in comparison to last year. In eight out of ten cases the parents are Greeks, the rest are immigrants.
Stergios Sifnios, Director of Social Work and Research at the SOS Children’s Villages in Greece told news-portal NewsIt that “In the second half of 2010, 45% of the cases of parents seeking SOS aid wase due to lack of financial means. If a parent wants to give up his child, it means that the family has reached the poverty threshold.”
The desperate parents try to place their children in SOS Villages in order to avoid the child’ adoption. 80% of the parents seeking SOS Villages are Greeks, stressed Sifnios.