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The Ministry of Social Policy and Youth Affairs has elaborated the family foster care plan for 2016-2017 with the aim of providing children deprived of appropriate parental care with foster care.

The implementation of the plan will supervised by an expert group, and the money for this purpose will be ensured in the state budget.

Croatia's register has a total of 1575 relative or nonrelative caregivers who have been approved by the State to provide foster children with shelter and care, and currently 1904 children are covered by this scheme.

Of those 1575 state-certified caregivers, 516 are those who provide kinship care, which means that the raising of children is conducted by grandparents, other extended family members, and adults with whom they have a close family-like relationship such as godparents and close family friends because biological parents are unable to do so for whatever reason.

Compensations for placement of children in foster families depend on the age and needs of children. For instance, the monthly outlay for the costs of providing shelter is HRK 1,800 (EUR 240) for a preschool-age child, and it is 2000 kuna (EUR 266)  for children of school age. The compensation rises in proportion to the needs of children, notably those with disabilities.

Also, foster children are given monthly pocket money from the state budget, if they have no other sources of income.

Broken down by region, the highest number of foster care families is in the City of Zagreb, 195, and in Osijek-Baranja County, 141. Split-Dalmatia County follows with 139 foster care families, and Zagreb County with 135. On the other hand, a mere three foster care families are registered in Lika-Senj County.

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