• Kyodo News


The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry is considering certifying specialist caregivers for children who are forced to live away from their parents in institutions, ministry officials said Monday.

Children’s homes are constantly faced with staff shortages and an increasing number of children who need psychological care, making it necessary to engage specialists, the officials said.

While those already working in these institutions are certified in their own right, the ministry is hoping they will upgrade their knowledge and skills once the new certification is instituted, the officials said.

The ministry is working out the details of the certification, they said.

As of October 2005, there were 558 homes for children without parents, taking care of around 30,830 children and teenagers, the ministry said. This is on top of the roughly 3,300 children living with foster parents.

Separation from parents usually results from death, financial trouble or abuse, among other reasons.

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