New in­sti­tute opened for fam­ily and child con­sul­ta­tion

The UB Post - - DOMESTIC -

The Fam­ily, Child and Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency launched a new cen­ter for fam­ily and child con­sul­ta­tion, named Shidet Toli, on Thursday.

The cen­ter has a toy room for chil­dren, pri­vate con­sul­ta­tion room and an ob­ser­va­tion room. The toy room is equipped with toys and games used to calm and test men­tal health of chil­dren of all ages. The pri­vate room pro­vides a com­fort­able, pri­vate space for par­ents and teenagers to speak their mind and re­solve their prob­lems with a spe­cial­ist to fa­cil­i­tate the process.

Ex­perts viewed that the cen­ter is ef­fec­tive for prevent­ing divorce, which af­fect chil­dren the most.

“Nearly 4,000 cou­ples ap­proach us in re­gard to fil­ing a divorce. There’s al­ways a child in­volved in divorce cases. A divorce usu­ally in­volves one to five chil­dren. A cou­ple has to wait three to six months for a sep­a­ra­tion or­der to legally ter­mi­nate their mar­riage. Then there comes the ques­tion ‘Who will work with this fam­ily dur­ing that pe­riod of time?’ I’m happy that a new cen­ter has opened to ful­fill that role. This cen­ter will serve use­ful for low­er­ing the divorce rate and help re­store fam­ily re­la­tion­ships,” said L.Badamt­set­seg, a spe­cial­ist of the Fam­ily, Child and Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency.

Ac­cord­ing to statis­tics, one out of ev­ery three fam­i­lies de­cided to divorce in Mon­go­lia in 2015 and slightly im­proved in 2016, be­com­ing one in ev­ery four fam­i­lies. The agency no­ti­fied that 98 chil­dren suf­fer­ing be­cause of a divorce law­suit of their par­ents sought help from them last year.

At Thursday’s open­ing, the head of the Fam­ily De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter com­mented, “Chil­dren be­come vic­tims of a divorce law­suit. There­fore, a spe­cial­ist from our or­ga­ni­za­tion con­ducts an ob­ser­va­tion to de­ter­mine which par­ent should take cus­tody of the child as their le­gal guardian. We used to visit homes to an­a­lyze fam­ily prob­lems. With a new cen­ter opened, we’ll be able to eval­u­ate in a pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment.”

Shidet Toli (Mag­i­cal Mir­ror) al­lows child psy­chol­o­gist to ob­serve chil­dren and an­a­lyze their men­tal state and be­hav­ior while they play from the ad­joined ob­ser­va­tion room through a two-way mir­ror hung on one side of the room. The staff said that they will talk with par­ents in pri­vate to help “re­store” their re­la­tion­ship and pre­vent their sep­a­ra­tion.

Shine Toli was estab­lished with a fi­nanc­ing of 20 mil­lion MNT jointly by the Fam­ily, Child and Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency, Good Neigh­bors Non Profit Or­ga­ni­za­tion, and the Ju­di­cial Gen­eral Coun­cil.

The toy room at the new Cen­ter for Fam­ily and Child Con­sul­ta­tion

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