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Little Roma is granted a new birth certificate and treated at public expense
From left to right: Kanalosha’s dad and mom and the representative of CF "Nivo Drom". Photo by CF "Nivo Drom".
From left to right: Kanalosha’s dad and mom and the representative of CF "Nivo Drom".

The staff of the Center for legal aid to Roma*, which operates in Pervomaisk Charity Fund "Nivo Drom" helped the family with many children obtain a birth certificate of a little boy, to make the adoption process by his father and undergo treatment.

On January 26, 2016 the inhabitant of Pervomaisk of the Mykolaiv region, 35-year old Yarmush Bilenko, appealed to the lawyers of the CF “Nivo Drom” with a request to help adopt his young son Kanalosha. Before, the 2-year old baby lived with his mother. The problem is that the mother has a neurological disease which, unfortunately the kid inherited and now he requires treatment. In addition, the woman has more five children who are living at boarding school.

Therefore, Yarmush decided to take his son to his home, to officially adopt him. The man explained that previously he could not issue paternity: the birth certificate was lost.

On January 27 representatives of Center for legal aid to Roma – the head of CF "Nivo Drom" Ruslan Bolesko and his Deputy Viktor Zosimov met with the chief of the Department on affairs of children of the Pervomaisk Executive Committee Natalia Perkova (pictured) and together resolved the issue.

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Due to the cooperation Yarmush Bilenko managed to issue all the necessary documents within three days, and on January 30 the father received the birth certificate.

Also in the near future the baby will have medical aid – the human rights defenders also agreed with representatives of the local Department on Affairs of minors.

*The work of the Centre is one of the stages of the project "Provision of primary legal aid to the Romani population of Pervomaisk and Pervomaisk district",  which is implemented by CF "Nivo Drom" with the support of Roma Program Initiative of the International renaissance Foundation. The main objective of the Center is to improve the living conditions of local Roma and to integrate them into society by providing free primary legal aid and involving local governments in a joint search for solutions to the problems of the Roma community.

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