Video: Kids Stuck in Institutions, Separated from Families in Armenia

Thousands of children in Armenia are needlessly separated from their parents and placed in institutions due to disability or poverty. The government should urgently provide community-based services and quality inclusive education so that all children, including children with disabilities, can grow up in a family. Human Rights Watch found that thousands of children in Armenia live in orphanages, residential special schools for children with disabilities, and other institutions. They often live there for years, separated from their families. Over 90 percent of children in residential institutions in Armenia have at least one living parent. Human Rights Watch also found that the Armenian government is not doing enough to ensure inclusive quality education for all children, including children with disabilities studying in their community schools with reasonable support for academic and other achievements.

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A boy sits on a swing in the courtyard of an orphanage for children with disabilities, Yerevan, Armenia.