Cambodian Children's Trust

Key Areas of Focus:

Family Strengthening, Foster and Kinship Care, Family Reunification


Cambodian Children’s Trust is a secular, non-profit child protection, non-government organization based in Battambang, Cambodia working to make orphanages redundant and prevent children from separating from their families.

Their community-led model adopts a holistic approach and harnesses the power of networks to places families and communities in the driving seat, empowering them for the long-term and sustainable protection of vulnerable children.

CCT is now driving the care reform movement in Cambodia, setting the blueprint for what is needed across the world – a preventative approach to child protection.

Their focus is to:

  • Strengthen communities and empower families to escape poverty and raise their children well.
  • Reunite children in orphanages with their family.
  • Provide kinship care and foster families for children in need of alternative care.

In 2007, Tara Winkler and Pon Jedtha rescued 14 children from a corrupt and abusive orphanage in Battambang, Cambodia. They established Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) as an orphanage to provide the children with a safe home.

After discovering that the children weren’t orphans, they started the challenging journey of reuniting them with their families and transforming the CCT orphanage into a model of community-led, preventative child protection.

What They Do:

Cambodian Children's Trust (CCT) works to keep families together, train for the future, and empower entire communities so children can break the cycle of poverty while growing up in families. Their family preservation work and family-based care model involves:

  • Family tracing and reunification
  • Foster and kinship care
  • Crisis intervention
  • Medical outreach
  • Counselling
  • Dependency reduction and income generation
  • Community Centres for children to access nutritious meals, supplementary education and healthcare services

Cambodia Children's Trust is a member of Family Care First.

Core programs/projects:

Our work is focused on a two-prong approach to prevent and respond to the orphanage crisis in Cambodia.

We prevent child-family separation by:

  • mobilising community networks to support and strengthen vulnerable families
  • bringing vital support services to communities

We respond to children in orphanages by:

  • reuniting them with their families and communities
  • providing foster families as a last resort for children in need of alternative care

Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) is expanding the services and reach of the piloted Holistic Family Based Care Model in Battambang Province, with primary focus on the prevention of child-family separation.

The Prevention and Strengthening work under the Holistic Family Based Care (HFBC) model is a two-pronged approach to address child-family separation:

– building the capacity of communities to be able to identify child protection concerns and provide direct interventions to children and families at risk of separation.

– the provision of supports and high-quality services that are targeted to meet the specific needs of the child and family.

CCT’s Family-based Care Model ensures that children can remain living with their biological family, or where that’s not possible, are cared for in family-based care such as kinship care, foster care or local adoption. CCT also assists children who have been placed in institutional care to be safely reintegrated back into their families or into family-based care. This is achieved while ensuring children have access to education, good nutrition and healthcare, and that their personal safety and other fundamental human rights are not compromised. The model works by being adaptive and responsive, prioritising the immediate safety and well-being of children and ensuring case plans are tailored to the specific needs of each family.

The CCT model applies to a vast target population, effectively responding to any family in need or any child in crisis, including families struggling with poverty, disability, ill-health, substance abuse, domestic violence, abuse and trauma. It places families and communities in the driving seat, empowering them to meet the challenges in their lives and raise their children well.

Link to Holistic Family Based Care Model – Formative Evaluation

Formative Evaluation_Summary

Formative Evaluation_Full Report

Number of employees:

149 staff: 142 staff on the CCT team are local Cambodian people. We have 7 expat staff (making up just 4% of our workforce) including technical advisors, fundraising staff and co-directors.

Where They Work:

Battambang, Cambodia

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