Many children in Armenia face hardships like abuse and neglect, which deprive them of a happy and fulfilling childhood. With child trafficking and poverty reportedly on the rise and the government’s strategy to improve child protection lagging, the Children’s Support Foundation Center (CSFC) offers crucial support to an important population.
Through the CSFC, FAR has helped children and families better their lives since 2000. The only institution in Armenia that performs crisis intervention and rehabilitation, the center is also a national, full-service facility where children and their families can access shelter, counseling, outreach services, healthcare, and legal assistance. Since 2000, more than 1,000 children have received short-term shelter and rehabilitation services, outreach services like social and psychological counseling, and skills training.
The CSFC’s toll-free Child Protection Hotline and Helpline, which is funded by Jinishian Memorial Foundation and ArmenTel CJSC, enables children in crisis to reach out to the center for support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In addition, CSFC is constantly working on raising awareness for child protection in Armenia. In 2009, CSFC launched the Safe Cell Phone and Internet Program, which opposes the hazards of cyber threats to children. Each year, in honor of International Children’s Rights Protection Day, the center holds the “Best for Our Children” event in Yerevan’s Victory Park to raise awareness. Thousands of people, including Armenia’s First Lady Rita Sargsyan and other dignitaries, attend the annual event.