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Valeria Kogan, Chairman of the Board of Smartomica
The Latvian Foster Family Association (LFFA) celebrated its 20th Anniversary on September 3 at the Grand Palace Hotel. LFFA is striving to support and promote families raising children who have been left without the care of their biological parents.
Guests were addressed by Uldis Augulis, Minister of Welfare; Karina Ravina-Vimba, Advisor to the President of Latvia; Hamid Ladjevardi, Chairman of American Baltic Investments and Founder of the Advisory Board of LFFA, Lars Vesterlund of Network Sweden-Latvia and Ilze Golvere, Managing Director of LFFA. Liga Smildzina-Bertulsone, AmCham Executive Director and Member of the Advisory Board of LFFA moderated the event.
Of 8000 children without biological parents, 5000 children already live in a family-environment, but about 2000 still call orphanages their home. The Minister of Welfare promised that over the course of next 5 years, the number of institutionalized children will decrease by 60%.
Thank you to AmCham members Grand Palace Hotel, Hamid Ladjevardi, Cemex, Skrivanek and many others for supporting LFFA on a regular basis. Many members have joined the Advisory Board of LFFA to assist in its efforts to raise awareness about the significance of foster families and guardians and to reduce the number of institutionalized children in Latvia.
LFFA is looking for supporters to help provide yet another child with the opportunity to be raised by loving parents.
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Daiga Auzina-Melalksne, Chair of NASDAQ Riga