J. K. Rowling points out the situation in Czech children's houses

Writer J. K. Rowling, the author of popular Harry Potter, sent a letter to the Czech newspaper Mlada Fronta DNES after her short stay in Prague on 28th and 29th May this year. In the letter she points out that the Czech Republic has the highest number of children in children’s homes.

Rowling is interested in the situation of children in children’s houses and other institutions for children after an article published in British newspaper Sunday Times in 2004 about children in the Czech Republic kept in cages. Afterwards she sent a letter to the president of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus.

To improve the situation and help children get into foster families easier she wants to establish a branch of her organization Children’s High Level Group in the Czech Republic. Her critics of Czech social system have provoked various reactions. The Minister for Human Rights Dzamila Stehlikova likes the idea of sending experts of the organization to the Czech Republic. On the other hand, the Minister of Social Affairs Petr Necas finds it inappropriate and claims that Czech people know what to do themselves. They just need more time.

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