Family Life Denied: Overrepresentation of Romani Children in State Care in Serbia

Family Life Denied: Overrepresentation of Romani Children in State Care in Serbia

Based on the numbers that are available, it appears Romani children are much more likely to be separated from their families than children of other ethnicities. In Belgrade, for example, around 30% of the children in foster care are Romani, yet Roma make up 2% of the population. It’s hard to judge the full scale of the problem, because not all centres record the ethnicity of the children in their care. But when we asked professionals to estimate the percentage of children in care who come from Romani families, their answers averaged out at around 60% - a wildly disproportionate number.

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