This section includes news articles, blogs, and other media posts about orphanage volunteering.
In this article for Forbes, Christine Ro describes how "orphanages are the main cause of the unnecessary separation of children from their families" and discusses the recent launch of Lumos' #HelpingNotHelping campaign which calls for an end to orphanage volunteering.
The International Forum for Volunteering in Development has launched the Global Standard for Volunteering for Development, which will support organizations that work with volunteers to improve their practice and their impact.
This article from Time presents a lightly edited transcript of remarks by J.K. Rowling at the One Young World global forum in London on Oct. 24 regarding orphanage voluntourism.
This video segment from the PBS Newshour shines a light on efforts underway in Cambodia to reintegrate children from orphanages back into their families or into family-based care.
"JK Rowling has called on students around the world not to volunteer at orphanages, pointing to emerging evidence that 'orphanage tourism' drives family separation and child trafficking," says this article from the Guardian.
In this article for the Conversation, Julia Sloth-Nielsen provides an overview of recent efforts in Kenya to shift from institutional care of children to family-based care and family strengthening to prevent separation.
This article from ABC News highlights the growing calls in Australia for backpackers and young people traveling abroad "to rethink volunteering in developing countries as a booming trend of 'voluntourism' exposes a darker side of the industry."
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.
"Christians are being urged to radically re-think their investment in overseas orphanages and consider giving instead to family-based forms of care," says this article from Christian 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.