Studies have shown that institutional stay has adverse effects on children, including long-term psychological effects.
Members of the Czech Parliament have rejected a Senate proposal that would have done away with the requirement that children are vaccinated before attending kindergarten.
The unnecessary removal of a 5-month-old boy from his mother renews calls for the Czech Republic to abolish the practice of institutionalizing infants.
The latest report on Bulgaria by the Council of Europe shows slow and fragile progress in strengthening human rights protection of persons placed in institutions, migrants and media freedom.
Nearly 300 children died in Bulgarian childcare institutions between June 2010 and December 2014. The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee obtained the figures through the Access to Public Information Act and is calling for a thorough examination of the cases.
Children growing up in Czech orphanages are far less likely to go on to study at university than those raised in families, and the biggest contributing factor is a lack of institutional support, not academic ability.
Violence by care staff against patients with mental disabilities is an everyday occurrence in some facilities in Bulgaria, just one of the alarming revelations in an annual report on human rights in Bulgaria in 2014.