Patronato told to give culturally suitable environment for Cabécar girl

The child welfare agency has been ordered to provide a native child with an environment that reflects her cultural identity.

That was the ruling of the Sala IV in the case of a 6-year old  who was placed in the care of the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia when she suffered an accident that cost her the right hand.

The Patronato initially placed the girl in a shelter in Moín. She comes from  Cabécar de Tayní.

The parents have been trying to have the girl returned to them.

The court said in case the Patronato cannot provide a shelter that offers a  Cabécar environment, officials should take whatever steps are possible to involve her with her cultural roots.

The girl is believed to speak Spanish, but the court decision said that the parents have been trying to have her speak only her Cabécar language. The court suggested that a translator might be needed.

The girl has been in the care of the Patronato since November

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