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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

of November 18, 2002 No. ZR-411

About social protection of children, without parental support

This Law establishes legal, economic, organizational basis, the purposes, the principles and forms of social protection of children without parental support.

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Law coverage

This Law extends to children without parental support, and also to persons up to 23 years carried to number of children without parental support.

Article 2. Children without parental support, and also persons up to 23 years carried to number of children without parental support

The child, the child who did not reach age of 18 years, whose parents is considered without parental support (or the single parent) died, are deprived of the parent rights, recognized as incapacitated, evade from education of children or protection of their rights and interests, and also in the procedure established by the law are recognized as the dead, is unknown absent or are unknown.

Faces aged from 18 up to 23 years whose parents (or the single parent) before achievement of age by them died 18 years are considered as the faces carried to number of children without parental support, are deprived of the parent rights, recognized as incapacitated, evade from education of children or protection of their rights and interests, and also in the procedure established by the law are recognized as the dead, is unknown absent or are unknown.

Accounting of children without parental support, and the faces carried to number of children without parental support (further - children without parental support), perform guardianship and custody bodies according to the procedure, established by the Government of the Republic of Armenia.

Article 3. Legal regulation of social protection of children without parental support

In the Republic of Armenia the relations arising in the course of implementation of social protection of children without parental support are regulated by the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia, the Civil Code of the Republic of Armenia, the Law of the Republic of Armenia "About the child's rights", this Law and other legal acts.

Article 4. The purposes of state policy on social protection of children without parental support

The purposes of state policy on social protection of children without parental support, are:

1) ensuring protection of the rights and legitimate interests of the children without parental support provided by the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia, the Law of the Republic of Armenia "About the child's rights" and other legal acts;

2) fixing of basic guarantees of the rights and legitimate interests of children without parental support, their recovery in case of violation, and also non-admission in their relation of any discrimination.

3) forming of the legal basis of social protection of children without parental support;

4) assistance to physical, intellectual, spiritual development of children without parental support, their integration into society, education in the spirit of patriotism;

5) prevention of emergence of social difficulties.

Article 5. The principles of state policy on social protection of children without parental support

Social protection of children without parental support, priority task of state policy on social security which principles are:

1) humanity;

2) social justice;

3) priority of the organization of guardianship and education of children without parental support, in family and assistance to the families sponsoring and raising children without parental support;

4) establishment and observance of the state minimum social quality standards of life of the children without parental support staying or living in the educational, medical and trustee organizations irrespective of their forms of business;

5) exception of social guardianship;

6) cooperation of the state bodies and local self-government and public organizations which are engaged in protection of the rights and legitimate interests of children without parental support.

Chapter 2. Guarantees on social protection of children without parental support

Article 6. Guarantees on social protection of children without parental support

1. The government of the Republic of Armenia establishes the state minimum social standards of the main indicators of quality of life of children without parental support which include:

1) general education, in competitive procedure - secondary vocational, higher vocational education;

2) free medical care and servicing, providing children without parental support, food according to the minimum standards of food;

3) recovery of health and organization of rest of children;

4) professional orientation, the choice of sphere of activity, employment in the procedure established by the legislation of the Republic of Armenia, labor protection of the reached 16 years of children without parental support;

5) social assistance: actions for social adaptation and social psychological recovery - in the procedure established by the law;

6) providing the right to housing according to the procedure, established by the legislation of the Republic of Armenia;

7) rendering free legal aid.

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