ZAGREB, Sept 6, 2020 – Ivo Segota and Mladen Kozic, a gay couple, foster two children after years of struggling, Vecernji List daily said on Sunday.
“No comment. We want to keep the children anonymous,” Segota said in a message when asked to comment on the news broken by the 24sata news website.li
Both men have received the necessary training and know what is in the best interest of the children. They are aware that revealing any information about the children they have provided with a temporary home and stable environment could hurt the children themselves, and the public interest could put fostering in jeopardy, Vecernji List says.
Kozic and Segota entered into a life partnership five years ago, deciding to become foster parents three years ago. They underwent the necessary psychosocial tests and at no point was their sexual orientation raised as an issue, the newspaper said, adding that social workers wish for more young, highly-educated foster carers living in urban areas. However, their application was unexpectedly rejected last November on the grounds of being gay.