On 29 March 2017 a new Specialized Family-Type Service for Children with Severe Disabilities has been established in Kutaisi by the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs with the support of USAID and UNICEF. U.S. Ambassador Ian Kelly, Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs David Sergeenko, USAID Mission Director Douglas Ball and UNICEF Representative in Georgia Laila Omar Gad visited Kutaisi to open the new service.
The Specialized Family-Type Service is the first unit in Georgia with the community-based care for young children with severe and profound disabilities and health problems. In this Service, children transferred from large state-run institutions receive a 24-hour nursing care, physical rehabilitation, and community integration services.