Greece now has a modern and transparent adoption and fostering system that can evaluate applications without disregarding or excluding applicants, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis underscored at the “I Mitera” Child Protection Center on Wednesday.
Presenting the government’s updated adoption platform, accompanied by Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Domna Michailidou, he stressed that this will “set aside the bureaucratic hurdles of the past,” and be able to “quickly connect children with parents who want to offer them the warmth of a family environment,” via the online adoption and fostering database at www.anynet.gr, a system active since July 6.
Using a special algorithm which taps into the database, the system analyses the files of children and prospective parents and generates connection suggestions. Some 202 proposals have already been submitted by the algorithm, 84 for fostering and 118 for adoption.
The prime minister met with the center’s employees and volunteers and visited dormitories where children reside; he also talked with prospective parents, who conveyed their comparative experiences between the former and current systems.
Some recent key steps for the modernization of the country’s adoption system include the registration of all minors living in protection and hospitality facilities, completed in January, and the training of 130 professionals who were assigned the coaching of prospective parents on the needs of adoption and fostering.