Government takes action after child abuse allegations

Greece
Tue, 22 Nov 2022 10:23 GMT
The government is preparing for legal regulations to expand the foster family service
Government takes action after child abuse allegations

After allegations of child abuse in an organization hosting orphaned and needy children in Greece, the government decided to make facilitating legal regulations regarding foster family service.

Government Spokesman Yannis Ikonomou, in his statement at the weekly press conference, stated that the allegations regarding the abuse of children hosted in the "Kivotos Tou Kosmou" (World Chest) organization are being investigated.

Noting that after the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Kiryakos Mitsotakis, it was decided to change the management of the relevant institution, İkonomou noted that the government will make three fundamental changes in the legal framework of the foster family service.

Accordingly, it is envisaged that the response time to the application made by families, including foster families, will be shortened, 325 to 1200 euros will be paid monthly to the foster family, and the age requirement of 30 to 60 years to be a foster family will be extended to 25 to 75.

Reaction from the church

Athens Archbishop Yeronimos stated that the non-governmental organization (NGO) in question has no affiliation with the church and noted that Andonios Papanikolaou, who is the founder of the organization and has allegations of abuse, has been suspended from his ministry until the final judgment is given.

Allegations of Abuse

When the allegations of a 19-year-old young person that he was abused during his stay at the organization called "Kivotos Tou Kosmou" were added to the allegations of other young people who had stayed in this institution before, the NGO in question came under scrutiny.

While investigating the allegations made about Papanikolaou and three employees, there were also allegations that children in the organization were subjected to violence, and that punishments such as not eating and leaving them alone were given to the children in the news.

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