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Support provided by municipalities for families: Experience of families with children with special needs in Latvia

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Author(s): Millere J.

Journal: SHS Web of Conferences
ISSN 2261-2424

Volume: 2;
Start page: 00022;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: family needs | social policy | support

ABSTRACT
For families that are not capable to obtain necessary supplies to meet their needs, State’s social policy guidelines determine support for improving the quality of life for these families. However, it is concluded, that neither the state nor municipality’ provided support for families with children with special needs, does not meet the needs of families, because state social policy is not focused on the assessment of the family needs, as well as often families do not receive the support due to lack of necessary information and disinterest by social service workers, which in turn reflects the problems in social policy delivery mechanisms. The most necessary support that families need is concerned with lodging and financial security, lack of assistants/care at home, as well as – emotional support.
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