A Goal within Reach: Ending the Institutionalization of Children to Ensure No One is Left Behind


This report from Lumos defines the global problem of institutionalization of children - including the factors that drive it and the harmful impacts it has on children's physical and cognitive development - and proposes global solutions in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. Featuring a variety of global thought leaders, the publication comprises twelve articles which tackle the major issues fueling institutionalization and how to achieve transformative change for affected children.

Chapters include:

  1. Children in Institutions: A Neglected Group in Monitoring the SDGs
  2. The Hazards of Institutional Rearing for Children’s Brain and Behavioral Development
  3. The Risk of Violence, Abuse, and Neglect to Children Living in Institutions
  4. Poverty as a Driver of Institutionalization
  5. Insufficient Access to Quality and Inclusive Education Throughout the Developing World: A Prime Driver for the ‘Institutionalization’ of Children with Disabilities
  6. Gender-Based Discrimination as a Driver for the Institutionalization of Children
  7. Ethnic Discrimination as a Driver of Institutionalization: Antigypsyism in Europe and Why Closing Institutions is not Enough
  8. Children and Forced Displacement: Marginalization and Parallel Systems as Drivers of Institutionalization
  9. Children and Armed Conflict: Children deprived of liberty and the damaging effects of institutionalization
  10. Trafficking as a Driver of Institutionalization
  11. Ensuring Safe and Sustainable Transformation of Care
  12. The Role of Faith-Based Groups in Transforming Care

The report also features testimonies from young people, including a youth advocate who outlines some of the ways in which children with disabilities can be prevented from entering institutions, and a young person in Haiti who discusses experiences with orphanage tourism. The report concludes with a Call to Action.