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A Choice No Parent Should Have to Make

Rebecca Smith - Save the Children

In this blog post for Save the Children, Rebecca Smith, Senior Child Protection Adviser at Save the Children, writes about access to education (or lack thereof) as a driving force for the institutionalization of children around the globe.

The Christian Case Against the Orphanage

Krish Kandiah - Christianity Today

In this piece for Christianity Today, Krish Kandiah writes about the Christian community's support for orphanages around the globe and how their well-meaning support has contributed to the separation of families and other negative impacts on the wellbeing of children.

Battle for the Family’s Soul: Anatomy of the Orphanage Phenomenon in Kenya

Simon Njoroge - The Elephant

"While all the focus has been on [recent headlines in Kenya] and the ensuing drama," writes Simon Njoroge in this piece for the Elephant, "a more profound discourse concerning the suitability of the orphanage as a model of care and protection of children has been ongoing for some years among policymakers, practitioners and childcare advocates."

Think before donating to orphanages

Laila Khondkar - The Daily Star

In this opinion piece for The Daily Star, Laila Khondkar - Head of Advocacy and Policy-Child Protection at Save the Children International - explains why donating money to orphanages, though well-intentioned, may cause more harm than good.

Orphanages Will Not Stop Orphanage Tourism: Who Will Put Research into Action?

Sarah Chhin - Georgetown University Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs Forum

In this blog post from the Georgetown University Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Sarah Chhin - technical advisor to M’lup Russey, an NGO in Cambodia that assists orphans and vulnerable children - describes an incident in which foreign volunteers tried to block efforts to close an orphanage in Cambodia and reintegrate those children into families, describing the impacts of orphanage voluntourism and calling on volunteers, agencies, and charities to support communities and families rather than institutionalization. 

Experiencing the Alternative: Come and Learn about Family-based Care in Cambodia

Stacie Ellinger - Georgetown University Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs Forum

In this blog post from the Georgetown University Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Stacie Ellinger of Children in Families (a Cambodian NGO) writes about a new program that CIF has launched called Rok Kern, which "offers an alternative program to community groups that would ordinarily visit orphanages in Cambodia."