Ending Child Institutionalization

The detrimental effects of institutionalization on a child’s well-being are widely documented. Family based care alternatives such as kinship or foster care, are much more effective in providing care and protection for a child, and are sustainable options until family reunification can take place. The use of residential care should be strictly limited to specific cases where it may be necessary to provide temporary, specialized, quality care in a small group setting organized around the rights and needs of the child in a setting as close as possible to a family, and for the shortest possible period of time. The objective of such placement should be to contribute actively to the child’s reintegration with his/her family or, where this is not possible or in the best interests of the child, to secure his/her safe, stable, and nurturing care in an alternative family setting or supported independent living as young people transition to adulthood. 

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Helping Children Worldwide, Laura Horvath, Emmanuel M. Nabieu, Yasmine Vaughan, Melody Curtiss,

Listen to transition support experts David Musa and Yatta Palmer of the Child Reintegration Centre (CRC) explain how transition is getting more children home to family and learn about the challenges, successes, and the powerful role of the CRC in revolutionizing child welfare in Sierra Leone.

Changing the Way We Care,

Este artigo explora o papel da avaliação e gestão de caso no contexto das reformas do sistema de cuidados alternativos. Oferece princípios transversais de boas práticas, as etapas essenciais e descreve os fatores críticos envolvidos nas práticas de avaliação e gestão de caso eficazes. Baseando-se na literatura da região, o artigo visa fornecer uma orientação abrangente aos profissionais e às partes interessadas envolvidas nos cuidados, no bem-estar e na proteção das crianças. O anexo fornece detalhes dos recursos de avaliação e gestão de caso da região da África Oriental e Austral e também em outros lugares.

Better Care Network, Transforming Children's Care Collaborative, Casa Viva,

In this interview, BCN’s Senior Technical Advisor, Rebecca Nhep, speaks with Phil Aspegren, Founder of Casa Viva, about transitioning residential care services with child sponsorship funding models.

Changing the Way We Care, UNICEF, CCF Moldova, Moldova Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, Keystone Moldova, Partnerships for Every Child,

The Moldova Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, in cooperation with CTWWC Moldova and local partner CCF Moldova, organized an international conference on March 21, 2024. More than 100 participants, representing the wide array of care reform actors and decision makers in the central and local government, NGOs, academia and international experts, reviewed findings of the Bucharest Early Intervention Project and national research conducted in 2023 on the potential for a moratorium on placing children 0-6 in institutional care.

Changing the Way We Care,

This is a tool that ensures all components of child protective care: health, adequate nutrition, care, safety and early education, through the intersectoral collaboration between the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and Research and local public administration authorities.

Changing the Way We Care,

Foaia de parcurs pentru încetarea plasamentului copiilor din grupa de vârstă 0-6 ani în îngrijire rezidențială este un instrument care asigură toate componentele îngrijirii protectoare ale copilului: sănătate, alimentație adecvată, îngrijire, siguranță și educație timpurie, prin colaborarea intersectorială dintre Ministerul Muncii și Protecției Sociale, Ministerului Sănătății, Ministerul Educației și Cercetării și autoritățile administrației publice locale.

Disability Rights International,

The webinar took place on 30 April 2024 and focused on Chapter IV of the Guidelines: Deinstitutionalization grounded in the dignity and diversity of persons with disabilities, and how they relate to children and other children and other at-risk populations, such as elders and women.

Udayan Care,

Delia Pop, the director of Tanya's Dream Fund, leads grant giving and advocacy strategies in Bulgaria along with working with UNICEF. In this episode she shares her extensive knowledge on creating strong strategy reforms.

Udayan Care,

Leon Fulcher discusses how to attain long-term holistic development of children in alternative care. 

Uduyan Care,

Martin Punaks discusses effective advocacy campaigning in this episode of Care Conversations.