Regional Level Organizations

This page presents a list of Regional-Level Groups, Committees, Offices, Networks, Organizations and Initiatives focused on Children's Care Issues, listed by region.


Firelight Foundation

Firelight Foundation is a private foundation that works through grassroots organisations to support families and communities to care for children who are orphaned by or affected by HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.

African Child Policy Forum

The Africa Child Policy Forum is an independent, not-for-profit pan-African institution of policy research and dialogue, that works through the Child and the Family Programme to promote policies and programmes that strengthen families and protect children from violence.


Friends-International (FI)

FI is an NGO that focuses on children’s empowerment in South East Asia and provides social services to marginalized urban children and families.  FI runs the ChildSafe International initiative which combines advocacy and training to spread awareness about risks that marginalized children face, including campaigns to promote ethical volunteerism and tourism linked to children in orphanages.



UNICEF's Regional Office for Central, Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RO CEE/CIS) coordinates and supervises UNICEF’s work in 22 countries and entities to ensure that no child is left out in our efforts to realize their rights. The Regional Office advocates at regional level for investment in children and for children-centred social policies.

Child Care Reform is a major goal of the Regional Office's child protection work and the website contains a wealth of information from both country and regional levels. The Regional Office has also joined with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2011 to issue a Call to Action urging Governments throughout Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia to put an end to sending children below three years, including children with disabilities, into institutional care. Child reform resources including reports by country is also provided on this site.


The Transformative Monitoring for Enhanced Equity (TransMonEE) Database captures a vast range of data relevant to social and economic issues relevant to the situation and wellbeing of children, young people and women in countries of Central Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of independent States (CEE/CIS).  

The 2013 version of the database contains over 400 social and economic indicators divided into 11 topics (Population, Marriage and Divorce, Fertility, Mortality, Health, Education, Child Protection, Crime, Social Protection, Child-wellbeing, Economics). Data collected and analysed including relevant data on children's right to a family environment.

Data generally covers the period 1989-2010/11; Most disaggregated data are presented since 2000/2005.

The DEFT Project

The DEFT Project is a partnership between IFCO and other organizations for the Development of European Fostering Trainings.

Opening Doors for Europe's Children

The Opening Doors for Europe’s Children campaign aims to support national efforts to develop child protection systems that strengthen families and ensure high-quality family- and community-based alternative care for children, by leveraging EU funding and policy and building capacity in civil society.

It is a partnership between 5 international organisations and civil society across 15 European countries. For more visit

Quality for Children

Quality for Children is an initiative by SOS Children’s Villages, IFCO and FICE to develop the Quality4Children Standards - a set of quality standards for out-of-home child and youth care in Europe.


Eurochild is a network of organisations and individuals working in and across Europe to promote the rights and well-being of children and young people.

The Child Protection Hub for South East Europe

The Child Protection Hub is a platform for professionals and organisations from South East Europe that brings together resources and information about child protection, including deinstitutionalisation and care reform.

European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community Based Care (EEG)

The EEG is a broad coalition of stakeholders representing people with care or support needs including children, people with disabilities, people experiencing mental health problems, families; as well as service providers, public authorities and intergovernmental organisations.

Child Centre Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk (EGCC)

The Children’s Unit at the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat (CBSS) aims to create safe and secure environment for children in the Baltic Sea Region by initiating projects and cooperation on child rights and child protection issues, including out of home care for children, in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond.

The Separated Children in Europe Programme (SCEP)

SCEP seeks to improve the situation of separated children through research, policy analysis and advocacy at the national and regional levels.

ChildPact - the Regional Coalition for Child Protection

ChildPack is a network of networks that brings together 600 child-focused NGOs from 10 different countries in the wider Black Sea area to advocate for children’s rights and influence child-related policies.

Latin America and the Caribbean


RELAF (Latin American Foster Care Network, for the right to community and family- based care for children and adolescents) has promoted and supported the work of NGOs and governments to make the right of every child to live in a family and a community a reality since 2003. Its objective is to strengthen the network of regional stakeholders and influence the decisions of government authorities of all the branches and policy-makers to: contribute to the de-institutionalization of children and promoting foster care as a form of alternative care, and to prevent the separation of children from their families of origin. Its actions have an effect in the whole region, and it has carried out training and technical cooperation activities “on the field” for hundreds of NGOs and governments in 31 cities of 15 countries. It also elaborates pieces of research on the subject and has held international conferences (2007, 2009 y 2010) that had the participation of nearby 2000 attendants from 23 countries, and almost 100 exhibitions.