Several families that are a three-child household from a region in central Greece, called Almyros, made a symbolic move, indicative of their desperation. They asked the Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, the President of Greek Republic, Karolos Papoulias, as well as the President of Greek Parliament to adopt their children as they cannot afford to raise them on their own.
Many families in Greece have suffered painful cuts in salaries; their members are jobless, while the State has reduced the grants to multi-child families. All these strict measures have affected all Greek families and namely multiple children households as they cannot make ends meet and are unable to cover even the basic needs of their children.
According to the local newspaper, “Taxidromos,” there were 40 applications with which the parents called the President of Greek Republic, the President of Greek Parliament and the Greek Prime Minister to adopt their children. All these applications were sent on Monday, by the Almyros’ Association of three-child families. Those three political leaders were asked to adopt a total of 120 children from Almyros.
The three-child families have decided to make this move as a Christmas present to the three political leaders of Greece. As the families are reeling all these painful measures, they asked them to become adoptive parents of their children.
The cuts in the grants that the State provides the three-child families with, as well as the new strict criteria that were set in order for a three-child family to take the annual grant of 1,500 euros (500 euros for each child), leave the families struggling financially as they fail to make ends meet.