Every third baby in Germany born to unmarried parents

Every third baby in Germany is born to unmarried parents, according to an annual study released on Monday.

Germany approves 1-billion-euro investment in childcare by 2020

The cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday approved a new programme that includes an investment of roughly 1 billion euros (1.1 billion dollars) in pre-school childcare by 2020.

Every fifth child victim of sexual abuse, says ombudswoman

On the occasion of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, marked on November 18, Children's Ombusdwoman Ivana Milas Klaic on Tuesday warned that data indicates that every fifth child is a victim of some form of sexual abuse or exploitation and because many cases are not reported they remain unidentified and unpunished.

Report: 200 children could die daily from hunger in northern Nigeria

Two hundred children could die every day from hunger in north-eastern Nigeria where Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram is wreaking havoc, charity Save the Children said Monday.

WHO: Children targeted in digital marketing for unhealthy foods

More measures are needed to regulate marketing for unhealthy foods that target children online, a European health agency said Friday.

Conference on unaccompanied migrant children starts in Zagreb

A two-day conference called "On the Move and Alone", which started in Zagreb on Thursday, brought together approximately 70 experts from nine countries to discuss how to respond effectively to the needs of unaccompanied and separated refugee children in Southeast Europe and exchange experience gained with such children during the migrant crisis.

Save the Children: Girls as young as 10 forced into marriage

Girls as young as 10 are forced into marriage and an estimated 700 million women and girls worldwide were married before the age of 18, according to a new report released Tuesday by Save the Children, marking International Day of the Girl Child on October 11.

Children's strategy against peer-group violence presented

A strategy against peer-group violence, featuring key points that can impact the prevention of violence, was presented on Tuesday by the Children's Ombudswoman's Network of Young Counsellors (MMS).

Study finds nearly 385 million children worldwide live in poverty

Nearly 385 million children worldwide live in extreme poverty, UNICEF and the World Bank said Monday.

Nepal failing to stop child marriage, says Human Rights Watch

Nepal’s poverty, traditional practices, patriarchy and gender discrimination have led to the country having one of the highest rates of child marriages in Asia, a leading rights group said Thursday.

More than 40,000 child refugees were wards of German state in 2015

The number of unaccompanied refugee minors entrusted to German state care soared to 42,300 in 2015, rising by more than 260 per cent in comparison to the year before, the Federal Statistics Office announced Tuesday.

Thousands of children are detained in conflict zones, report finds

Thousands of children have been detained and held without charges for months and even years in conflict zones where governments often treat children as national security threats, according to a report by Human Rights Watch released Thursday.

Children's ombudswoman responds to culture minister's request

Children's Ombudswoman Ivana Milas Klaric said on Thursday that in her opinion the column by Zrinka Vrabec Mojzes, published in the latest issue of the Nacional weekly, could be violating the rights and interests of the children of Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic, adding that when writing critically about public figures it was unacceptable to make negative comments about their children.

Culture ministers asks ombudswoman to protect rights of his children

Culture Minister Zlatko Hasenbegovic on Wednesday called on the Ombudswoman for Children to protect his underage sons from hate speech in the article by Zrinka Vrabec Mojzes, published in the latest issue of the Nacional weekly.

Croatian pupils unhappy with body weight, survey shows

Croatian school-age children are dissatisfied with their body weight and are also insufficiently informed about proper diet and necessary physical activity, according to the findings of a project conducted by the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) among 4,200 children in 89 primary schools throughout Croatia.

33 Croatian hospitals receive Friend of Children title

Over the past 17 years a total of 33 Croatian hospitals have received the honorary title "Friend of Children," it was said this past Tuesday at the opening of a seminar on care for children without adequate parent care who undergo medical treatment in hospitals.

Surging numbers of child migrants reach Italy alone, UNICEF finds

The number of migrant children who cross the Mediterranean to Italy without parents or relatives doubled to 7,009 between January and May, compared to the same period last year, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported Tuesday.

Sabor refuses to adopt report by Children's Ombudswoman

The proposal by the Committee for Family, Youth and Sport, which is chaired by Ivan Vrdoljak of the opposition HNS party, that the report be adopted was supported by only 56 MPs while 64 voted against.

UN removes Saudi Arabia from blacklist for violence against children

The United Nations decided to remove the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen from a UN report flagging entities that commit violence against children in armed conflict, a spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Monday.

Playground opened in Slavonski Brod neighbourhood with 500 Roma children

A new playground was opened in a neighbourhood in the eastern town of Slavonski Brod where more than 500 Roma children live.

UNICEF: At least 20,000 children trapped in Fallujah amidst fighting

At least 20,000 children are currently trapped in the western Iraqi city of Fallujah, where food and medicine are running out and clean water is in short supply, Peter Hawkins, the country's UNICEF representative, said Wednesday.

Report: A quarter of children under 5 years old die from pollution

More than a quarter of children under the age of 5 worldwide die from environmental degradation and pollution, a group of environmental organisations said Monday.

Ukrainian children to spend summer in Croatia

Over 300 children from Ukraine, whose parents were killed or wounded in the war in the east of the country, will spend the summer in Croatia again for free this year, Ukraine Today television said on Sunday.

Monument to children killed in Homeland War unveiled

A monument to the 402 girls and boys killed during the 1991-95 Homeland War was unveiled in Slavonski Brod on Saturday, the eastern town chosen for its location because 28 local children were killed.

EU fears that migration crisis is boosting child trafficking

A migration surge into the European Union could be prompting an increase in child trafficking, the bloc's executive warned Thursday, as it published its first report on the fight against human trafficking.

Sexual abuse at Syrian refugee camp in Turkey: 30 children affected

A maintenance crew member sexually abused 30 boys at a Syrian refugee camp in southern Turkey, a Turkish newspaper reported on Thursday.

Croatia has 1575 caregivers who are raising 1904 foster kids

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.

Administrative hurdles biggest adoption problem

"Our wish is that as few children as possible grow up in institutions and as many as possible in families. To succeed in that, we should deal with the administrative obstacles to adoption," ...

UNICEF: Children pay "the highest price" for Yemen conflict

Almost 10 million Yemeni children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance as the conflict continues to destroy the impoverished country, taking a heavy toll on children, UNICEF said in a report published Tuesday.

Website for adoptive community launched

The network promoting adoption "Adopta" has launched a search engine designed for people wishing to adopt, and in its first two weeks the website has recorded great interest of adopters and people who intend to adopt.

More than 1,500 children in Croatia live in institutions

Electrolux will donate money from every household appliance sold to orphanages in an effort to provide what they need most and that is to live in a family environment.

UNICEF: 8.4 million Syrian children bear the brunt of the conflict

Some 8.4 million Syrian children have been affected by the conflict that has dragged on since 2011, UNICEF said in a report Monday.

Zagreb to host children's KinoKino festival

The competition programme is divided into feature and short film categories. Seventeen films will be shown, including those from Sweden, Estonia, India, Australia, Brazil, the US, and South Korea.

Children "killed for rituals" before Ugandan elections

The killings took place between the launch of electoral campaigns in October and immediately after the February 18 poll, said Shelin Kasozi, a child protection worker with Kyampisi Child Care Ministries.

UNICEF: A million children need treatment for malnutrition in Africa

Almost 1 million children are in need of medical treatment for severe acute malnutrition in drought-hit parts of eastern and southern Africa, the UN children's fund (UNICEF) said Wednesday.

Bridge MP says there's no subsidy for newborns

Juretic said on Wednesday that in the 2016 budget there would be money for a proposal to give 1,000 euros for every newborn child, which Karamarko had been announcing throughout the election campaign.

UN: High levels of stunted growth among North Korean children

The United Nations food agency has found "moderate to high levels" of stunted growth among children under the age of 5 in nurseries in North Korea assisted by the organization, a UN spokesman said Thursday.

India deworms 270 million children in world's largest health campaign

India on Wednesday carried out the world's largest deworming campaign on 270 million children, a drive aiming to prevent parasitic worm infections that can impair mental and physical development.

Save the Children: Education vital to halt Syrian "lost generation"

Educational provision is vital to avoid many of the estimated 5.8 million children displaced by the conflict in Syria becoming a "lost generation," with about half of them currently out of school, Save the Children says.

CoE: Identifying human trafficking victims including missing children among challenges for Croatia

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) issued a report on Thursday commending the Croatian authorities for continuing to develop their legal framework for combating human trafficking and protecting victims, but also identifying human trafficking victims including missing children as challenges for Croatia.

Swiss doctors report separation of 8-day-old conjoined twins

Swiss doctors said Sunday that they had successfully separated conjoined twins only eight days after birth, adding that they were possibly the tiniest patients that have ever undergone such a surgery.

Exhibition dedicated to children - victims of Holocaust to open in Zagreb

On the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, an exhibition of works by Austrian painter and photographer Manfred Bockelmann, dedicated to children and young people

Manhunt for Tel Aviv shooter leaves schools, kindergartens half-empty

Israeli authorities scoured the streets of Tel Aviv and neighbouring cities on Sunday in their search for a gunman who killed two people and wounded seven when he opened fire in a crowded bar.

Demographer warns drop in births Croatia's main problem

He said it would be very difficult to "pull out" of "our harsh reality... unless we adopt some strategic decisions" and "realise that, objectively, this is the number one issue in our country."

About 100 children adopted in Croatia annually

Unatoč tome što je u sustavu skrbi više od 3500 djece, a više od 400 s ispunjenim uvjetima za posvojenje, godišnje se posvaja manje od 100 djece