BBC World Service, Athens
The Greek parents too poor to care for their children
By Chloe Hadjimatheou
Unemployed and homeless, Natasha's mother said she could no longer cope
Greece's financial crisis has made some families so desperate they are giving up the most precious thing of all - their children.
One morning a few weeks before Christmas a kindergarten teacher in Athens found a note about one of her four-year-old pupils.
"I will not be coming to pick up Anna today because I cannot afford to look after her," it read. "Please take good care of her. Sorry. Her mother."