ArmInfo. On June 13, the Government of Armenia approved a procedure for selecting adoptive parents, the procedure for registering them, caring for and raising children, educating people who want to become adoptive parents, supervising the care of an adopted child in adoptive families, and the procedure and amount of monthly payments to the adoptive family. The executive body also approved the standard forms and invalidated the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Armenia of May 8, 2008 No. 459- N.
As stated by the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs of Armenia, Gemafin Gasparyan, presenting the draft decision, in the current legal act regulating these legal relations, there are no mechanisms for training people who want to become adoptive parents, as well as supervision of the care of the adopted child in foster families. At the same time, the procedure for remunerating adoptive parents will be clarified.
As stated in the statement of justification for the document, the project establishes the age difference between the adopter and the adopted child must be at least 18 years old, but notmore than 50, and at the time of adoption each parent's age should not exceed 55 years. It is noted that the state budget for 2018 for the care and upbringing of children in foster families provided an amount of 152.828.4 thousand drams, of which 70.452.2 thousand drams were for child care (the average expenditure per child for the month was 62.5 thousand drams). The amount of monthly payments to a foster family was 82.376.2 thousand drams (the average monthly remuneration to foster parents was 76.3 thousand drams). It is also reported that the remuneration of one of the adoptive parents for the care and upbringing of one child is calculated in the amount of the minimum wage, in case of adoption of two children, the amount reaches 150% of the minimum wage, three or more children - in the amount of 200% of the minimum wage.
The proposed draft decision plans to establish the following payments to adoptive parents: 97.5 thousand drams in a specialized foster family or 3.2 thousand drams per day (instead of 60.8 thousand drams), and in general families per child per month - 76.0 thousand drams or 2.5 thousand per day (against the previous 60.8 thousand drams or 2.0 thousand drams per day), and in the institutions acting on state financing for the care and upbringing of one child, an amount of 65.8 thousand drams will be allocated.