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[CSFC]: Children’s Support Foundation Center Celebrates 10 years.

May 5, 2010

FAR has always been a leader in child protection in Armenia. For 10 years, its Children’s Support Foundation Center has been its exceptional leader in helping neglected and abandoned children achieve a better life. The recent forum Ten Years Standing for Protection of Children was a testament to CSFC’s work.

Politicians, NGO representatives from a cross segment of child protection agencies and organizations, community leaders, and FAR staff filled the Tigram Mets Hall at the Yerevan Marriott for the event. Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly Arevik Petrosyan and Labor and Social Affairs Minister Mkhitar Mnatsakanyan were just some of the attendees who gathered to hear FAR Country Director Bagrat Sargsyan, CSFC Director Mira Antonyan, and others speak to the center’s achievements. All speakers emphasized the center’s invaluable role in not only helping Armenia’s youth, but for actually developing a new culture of child protection in Armenia, a child-centered culture.

CSFC has touched the lives of nearly 6,000 children and their family members since it opened by counseling and healing them, connecting them with vital services, shelter, and other types of support. The center has partnered with government and local police, and bolstered Armenia’s foster care system through its work with loving families who offer a stable environment for many of the center’s children.

This is the essence of FAR’s mission in Armenia — changing lives, one at a time. FAR’s work sends a message to communities and the children themselves: your life is a treasure to our country and you are not alone. FAR helps these disadvantaged kids who have nearly lost hope for a future to regain hope and belief. They are Armenia’s future scientists, doctors, political leaders, and productive citizens ,and CSFC will stand with them for the next 10 years and beyond.

Representatives and FAR staff filled the Tigram Mets Hall

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Credit: FAR Staff

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