Implementation of Principles for Child Guardianship Organization in Lithuania

Kęstutis Vitkauskas


Lithuania, following its international obligations regarding the protection of child rights, in 2003 adopted the Lithuanian State Policy and established legislative basis, which are the key preconditions to ensure the guardianship of a child in the country. However during the last decade the number of children deprived of parental care is not decreasing. The largest part of children receives institutional guardianship. Large number of social risk families and high amount of complaints about the poor work of child rights protection services while organizing the guardianship for a child can be named as main issues in this field. The article analyses certain child guardianship problems and provides possible solutions in the following areas: estimating a guardianship for a child, organisation of guardianship in child guardianship institution, organizing guardianship in family.


child guardianship; child rights; children rights protection service

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603