National Level Organizations

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



Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization (JeCCDO)

JeCCDO is an NGO that supports children who are orphaned, displaced or lack proper care and support in Ethiopia, and works to find alternative care solutions for them.

Forum on Sustainable Child Empowerment (FSCE)

FSCE is an NGO that works on child protection issues in Ethiopia including prevention of family separation through family strengthening, reintegration of children in difficult circumstances and protection for children on the move.


Partnership in Ghana

The Government of Ghana has developed a Care Reform Initiative and ongoing efforts to move away from residential care for children. The website from the Ghana Department of Social Welfare provides documentation on the National Plan of Action for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and the Government's Care Reform Initiative.


OAfrica is a non-profit organization that empowers children and young adults in need of care and protection because of institutionalization, abandonment, neglect, disability or abuse to become productive members of the community.


Undugu Society of Kenya (USK)

USKis an NGO based that works to improve care of children and youth living and working on the street in Nairobi, Kenya.



Uyisenga Ni Imanzi

Uyisenga Ni Imanzi is a Rwandan organization that helps vulnerable children and youth, especially those affected by the genocide and HIV/AIDS to rebuild their lives. UNM’s mission is to respond and contribute to the rehabilitation of  orphans of genocide  responding to their needs through counselling, capacity building and support to local initiatives in social economic development, direct assistance, medical care, education and training, empowering them to be involved in a process of solving their problems and participating in the country recovery and development.

Global Communities - Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Program (CHAMP)

Global Communities began working in Rwanda in 2005, implementing the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Program (CHAMP). Funded by USAID and PEPFAR, CHAMP mobilized and strengthened Rwandan organizations to improve and expand HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services, including care and support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

South Africa

The Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town

The Children’s Institute conducts policy research and advocacy on key challenges to the well-being of South Africa's children: poverty, inequality, inadequate care, HIV/AIDS, high infant and child mortality and morbidity, violence and abuse, and limited voice.

Give a Child a Family (GCF)

GCF is an organization in South Africa that supports vulnerable children and families.




The Child’s i Foundation

The Child’s i Foundation provides short-term care to children in Uganda, traces their extended families and reunites them or places them with foster/adoptive families.

Alternative Care Initiatives Uganda

Alternative Care Initiatives is a small NGO established to respond to the growing need in Uganda to support government and civil society organisations to develop and implement Alternative Care solutions, i.e. family-based placements for children outside of parental care, in line with the Ugandan Children's Act, the Alternative Care Framework and international best practices for child care placements.


Farm Orphan Support Trust (FOST)

FOST supports and protects vulnerable children in Zimbabwe’s farm worker communities by enabling community-based protection systems in remote areas; safe-guarding children who are affected by HIV and AIDS, and promoting kinship and informal community fostering for girls and boys whose parent(s) have died.



Friends International “Think Before Visiting” Campaign

Friends International, with support from UNICEF, has launched its “Think Before Visiting” campaign. The campaign is aimed at partnering with tourists to end “orphanage tourism” in Cambodia. The campaign’s website provides information and advice to tourists and volunteers, as well as a range of useful resources on transforming orphanage tourism.



India- Odisha (Orissa) Taskforce on Non-Institutional Forms of Child Care

The Taskforce is a body promoting non-institutional forms of child care system in the State of Orissa. It has come into existence since March 2009 from a workshop organized by Youth Council for Development Alternatives (YCDA) on Alternative Forms of care for the Children without parental care. The workshop was attended by a cross section of organizations working on different approaches on child care issues in the state along with W&CD and Unicef.  A six member committee has been formed to take this issue further. YCDA has been given the responsibility to coordinate and explore further possibilities of working on the issue. 

Foster Care India

Foster Care India promotes family preservation, kinship foster care, non-kinship foster care, adoption and aftercare as best practices for children in need of care and protection. They believe in a continuum of care that is in the ‘best interest’ of any child. 


Hope for Himalayan Kids (HFHK) Australia

HFHK is a registered not-for-profit, child welfare organisation providing assistance in Nepal to orphaned and abandoned children, through deinstitutionalisation and child protection initiatives.


Care for Children

Care for Children works to transition orphanages to family-based care and create foster care options for children in China and Thailand.



Muhammadiyah is devoted to social and educational activities that serve those living in poverty and children who are orphaned. In particular, their social program (MPS) seeks to find alternatives to residential care and new methods to promote family-based care.



The National Network for Children

The National Network for Children is an alliance of civil society organisations and supporters that work with children and families in Bulgaria, including through a foster care programme.


The Children's Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin

The Children’s Research Centre is a specialist centre that undertakes multi-disciplinary policy and research into the lives of children and young people in Ireland, including children in care.



BCN Netherlands Chapter

The first national chapter of the Better Care Network was launched in the Netherlands in November 2007. BCN Netherlands (BCNN) was formed by international nongovernmental organizations and donors in the Netherlands with the aim of raising awareness about appropriate forms of alternative care among the Dutch groups and organizations. The chapter is coordinated by Ms. Lotte Ghielen, who can be reached at


Partnership for Every Child (P4EC) Russia

P4EC operates in Russia, Moldova and Ukraine to ensure vulnerable children who are, or risk being, separate from their family or community remain in a safe environment, free from poverty, violence, and exploitation.

United Kingdom

The Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education

The Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education (Oxford University), aims to make a difference, through research and its application, to the life chances of children and young people in foster care and those who have experienced care.

Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS)

CELSIS strives to improve the experiences and life chances of children and young people in Scotland who are looked after, their families, and those who have left care - by working alongside the professionals who touch their lives, and the wider systems responsible for their care.

Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF)

CRCF is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of East Anglia, UK, which conducts research and advocacy on vulnerable children and families, including alternative care.


Barnado’s  is a UK based charity that works with children, young people an their families to support children who have been abused and to provide fostering and adoption services.

Who Cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland is a national voluntary organisation that provides a range of advocacy, advice and support services across Scotland for children and young people with experience of care up to the age of 25.


4Children is the UK national charity all about children and families. They have spearheaded a joined-up, integrated approach to children’s services and work with a wide range of partners around the country to ensure children and families have access to the services and support they need in their communities. 4Children runs Sure Start Children’s Centres as well as family and youth services across Britain.

Latin America


Associação Brasileira Terra dos Homens (ABTH)

ABTH works to prevent family separation and to provide temporary foster care solutions for children in need.


KidSave Colombia

KidSave Colombia is a foundation that runs initiatives to support children in alternative care.



ChildLink is an NGO that supports orphans and vulnerable children who are or risk being separated from their families or community in Guyana.



JUCONI works in Mexico to tackle the social exclusion of children and families from poor and violent homes.


The Paraguayan Foster Care Network

Since 2008, RELAF has carried out cooperation activities with the “Center of Adoptions” of the Paraguayan childhood governmental body. The different actors that work towards the fulfillment of de-institutionalization processes have created a The Paraguayan Foster Care Network, which is made up of civil society organizations: NGOs Corazones por la Infancia and Enfoque Niñez, and the childhood government authority, represented by the “Center of Adoptions” of the Paraguayan childhood governmental body.


Buckner Peru

Buckner Peru is an NGO that works to protect the rights of vulnerable children, particularly through family and community strengthening initiatives that aim to prevent child abandonment.


The Uruguayan Network for the Right to Live in a Family and a Community

The Uruguayan Network for the Right to Live in a Family and a Community (Red por el Derecho a la Convivencia Familiar y Comunitaria) was launched in April 2012 with support from RELAF and UNICEF.  Key actors of civil society and the Government of the country met at the “Teatro Solís” of Montevideo to be part of the event.

Middle East and North Africa



The Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans

The Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans supports care leavers in Jordan by helping them to secure education and vocational scholarships, offering career advice and counselling and financial support.


United Arab Emirates

North America

United States

United States: Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation  focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities and ensuring children’s access to opportunity.

The Children's Defense Fund (CDF)

CDF is a US based non-profit child advocacy organization that champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; strengthen families; and ensure quality care for children in alternative care arrangements (foster/kinship/adoptive care).

Child Trends

Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research centre that provides valuable information and insights on the well-being of children and youth.


Child Welfare Institute

The Child Welfare Institute is a branch of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, which aims to enhance services to children, youth and families who have experienced or are at risk of abuse and neglect, through the provision of quality training and consultation.



The Benevolent Society

The Benevolent Society is an Australian charity that seeks to improve the wellbeing of children, young people, families and older Australians, especially in disadvantaged communities, and provides family strengthening and foster care support.