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Two-days working meeting was held by GASW for the representatives of the guardianship –custody regional councils, functioning in west Georgia.  The meeting was organized within the framework of the project “Capacity Building of Professionals for Improving Small-Scale Alternative Services for Children With Severe Disabilities”, funded by the USAID and UNICEF.  The Meeting was held in the Association, on November 21-22, with participation of the members and secretaries of Imereti, Samegrelo and Racha regional councils.      
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On November 21st, GASW hosted the showing of Tomislav Zaja's documentary "Free". The documentary has received numerous awards at various festivals. The film tells a story of a group of people who have intellectual disabilities and who are imprisoned in institutions in Croatia. The documentary follows these people after they leave the institutions and begin their life in the society. The film depicts how they get accustomed to independet life and how they are helped by various professionas in this process.
After showing the film, the director had a discussion with the viewers.
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On November 11, 2016 the meeting of the first thematic group of the Coalition for Children and Youth “Abandonment Prevention and Development of Family Supporting Services“ was held in GASW.  14 representatives/members of the Coalition attended the meeting. The goal of the meeting was to discuss the issue of cooperation between the Coalition and businesses (generation of ideas) and to determine the Coalition involvement in a child protection monitoring process. 
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Mr. Antony Streveler,  a colleague from  the USA has visited GASW.  Mr. Streveler is a Correctional Advisor of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the US Embassy to Georgia. He implements initiatives supporting Corrections and Probation system in Georgia. Mr. Streveler shared his interesting professional experience with GASW members, participating in the meeting. At the beginning of his professional career,  he worked with beneficiaries with mental problems being in conflict with a law. 
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