Children’s‘ rights and their treatment in Czechia have not improved
much in the past eight years, according to a new report by the Czech
Helsinki Committee, whose details were discussed at a press conference on
Monday. The document will be examined later this week by the UN’s
Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
The analysis states that care for endangered Czech children is still splintered across multiple ministries, the amount of boys and girls in foster homes, while down since 2011, is still high and children’s opinions are not always taken into account at court.
According to the Miroslav Prokeš from the Alliance for Children’s’ Rights, Czech society still sees children more as objects rather than partners.
An amendment to the child protection law, currently being prepared by the
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, is counting on increasing the
monthly state allowance for children in child homes by about a quarter to
CZK 28,200 in 2020, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday.
Currently there are 57 such homes in the Czech Republic with 815 spots for children, but childcare management has long been complaining about the lack of funding.
Because the number of children in child homes is decreasing, the ministry does not expect this will lead to increased expenses. Instead, the number of spaces at such facilities will be lowered and the length at which children stay there decreased.
Officials at Mělník hospital say a healthy new-born boy was left in their
baby-box on Wednesday evening. According to the founder of the Czech
baby-box system, the boy was in good condition and was given the name
Since the system was introduced in 2005, altogether 188 children unwanted by their parents have been saved through baby-boxes. There are currently 76 such facilities, monitored by doctors, across the Czech Republic,
The number of children adopted in the Czech Republic has dropped by about a
quarter over the past five years, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
data show. Yet in the Czech Republic, more than 20,000 children are in
residential care, including those not up for adoption, one of the highest
per capita rates in Europe.
In 2012, 729 applications for adoptions were submitted and 526 children found new homes. In 2016, the number of applications dropped to 540 and only 377 children were adopted, and the downward trend has continued.
The Office of the Ombudsman has been looking into cases of would-be parents who have waited for years to adopt a child. Under current Czech rules, unmarried couples and partners are not eligible to adopt jointly, which the Office considers a possible violation of human rights.
A new born girl was placed in a baby box at a clinic in Strakonice in South
Bohemia on Wednesday night. The founder of the Czech baby box system,
Ludvík Hess, said her condition was stable.
Since the system was introduced a number of years ago, 159 children, unwanted by their parents, have been saved through baby boxes. There are currently 71 such facilities found across the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic’s Constitutional Court has ruled in its recent verdict
that prisoners have right to maintain contact with their children.
The Constitutional Judge overruled a previous verdict issued by a District Court in Brno, which severed ties between a father and his children when the father was imprisoned. It argued that visits to prison would be too traumatic for them. The Constitution Judge stressed in his ruling that prisoners don’t lose their rights to be a parent.
Two new-born babies were left in a babybox in a health clinic in Plzeň within hours of each other on Sunday morning. Officials at the hospital said the baby boys may be twins. One was reported to be well while the second is in a critical condition. They are the fourth and fifth infants placed in the babybox in Plzeň this year and bring the number nationally to 10. Babyboxes are intended as a safe way for parents to give up unwanted children; once a child has been placed inside an alarm rings and they are attended to by medics.
Many Czech maternity hospitals have joined a project aimed at helping abandoned children overcome the handicap of starting life without someone special to love and care for them. The nursing staff at these hospitals give babies whose parents give them up for adoption an extra portion of love and care doing the little things that loving parents would do for a newborn- hugging them, documenting their first days in the world, getting a print of their baby foot and recording their first smile.
A Norwegian court on Thursday upheld its earlier decision regarding Czech mother Eva Michaláková to remove her parental rights for her two sons, Czech Television reported on Friday. However, the judge refused to let one of the sons be taken for adoption. The two children, who are now 10 and eight years old, were taken into care by Norwegian social services five years ago following suspicions of abuse. The case has become a major media and political issue in the Czech Republic with past interventions by head of state Miloš Zeman, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other politicians. Mrs Michaláková, who is seeking to get her sons returned, can appeal the verdict.