For the first time the Greek state sponsors foster families.

In July 2021, 116 foster families received a “foster care allowance”.

The allowance will be paid on a monthly basis, ranging from 325 to 375 euros for children with disabilities.

Presenting the new legal framework, deputy minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Domna Michailidou, stressed that the central priority of the new measures is “getting children out of institutions and giving them a family and a better future.”

The Ministry of Labor admits that many children in Greece are kept away from their families because their families cannot support them or they remain stranded in foster care,  waiting for adoption or reunification with their families.

“We create the conditions to encourage more families to become foster families- as in most European countries,” said D. Michailidou.

According to the Ministry of Labor, since the beginning of the year about 700 children found a family, thanks to the new legal framework on adoptions.