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Bringing Good Families and a Sound Future to Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Orphans

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 22, 2016) — Nearly 20 years after a brutal war, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) continues to face challenges in shaping effective policies to help their citizens. Among this population are 1,300 orphans, mired in institutionalized settings that historically portend bleak futures.

Lisa Petter of UAlbany’s Center for International Development (SUNY/CID), part of Rockefeller College, is project director of a comprehensive SUNY/CID effort to improve the foster care system in the FBiH. In addressing the issue, she and her SUNY/CID team of experts, partnering with a human rights organization, are working with the FBiH Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs to create a first-of-its-kind comprehensive public policy document.

SUNY/CID has been working on Bosnia-Herzegovina legislative development since 2009. It’s received support from the U.S. Agency for International Development since 2013.

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