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Family Min Novák: Physical Health, Mental Development of Children ‘Our Priority’

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.11.20.

Marking World Children’s Day on Friday, the minister for families, Katalin Novák, said children have the right to grow up in a loving family and community, so families should be helped and strengthened.

On the 31st anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Katalin Novák said a host of dangers, physical, mental and online compromised the health and mental development of children, and a loving family and strong community were the best guarantee of a child’s welfare.

'Successful Family and Economic Policies Go Hand in Hand' - Family Affairs Minister Novák at the Hungary at First ‘Site’ Conference
'Successful Family and Economic Policies Go Hand in Hand' - Family Affairs Minister Novák at the Hungary at First ‘Site’ Conference

Although the challenge of stopping demographic decline sometimes seems “almost impossible,” Hungary decided to move forward with its policies to help families have as many children as they want, Katalin Novák, the minister for family affairs said on Tuesday at the international “Hungary at First ‘Site‘” press conference organized by the Friends of Hungary Foundation, […]Continue reading

Over the past ten years, the government has put priority on strengthening families, introducing tax breaks, free textbooks, free meals, support for newborns, home-building schemes and new creches, among other measures, she noted.

Novák said the coronavirus pandemic also raised awareness of children’s rights since restrictive measures affect their health and social circumstances, as well as their access to education and child-protection networks. For this reason, the government is providing “safe public education” during this period, she said.

New Law Proposal to Make Adoption for Those Not Married Almost Impossible
New Law Proposal to Make Adoption for Those Not Married Almost Impossible

Right after parliament had approved the extension of the state of emergency, the government submitted an amendment to the Hungarian Constitution on Tuesday. The proposal, among others, states that “the mother is a woman, the father is a man,” and would make adoption almost impossible with a new amendment. The proposal states that a child, with the exception […]Continue reading

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