Urged on by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, many countries are moving to protect the rights of people with disabilities and children. Countries are moving toward more inclusive, community-based models of care and support.
Kazakhstan is among those countries taking steps to protect basic children’s rights. The government has passed legislation committing to the reform of the child care system and the development of integrated social protection services. However, challenges still exist for 49,000 children living in state-run child care institutes that do not have access to community based supports.
In a partnership with national and international consultants, Keystone Human Services International and Keystone Moldova assisted Kazakhstan to develop a strategic plan to modernize its family focused social and health services for children without parents or at risk of abandonment.
Community integration opens many opportunities for children and makes the world a safer place. The entire community benefits.