From Institution-Based Care to Family-Care: Families First Project Brings Children Back to Family

Save the Children International

Families First Project is a program initiated by Save the Children in Indonesia in collaboration with the Indonesian Government to promote a safe family environment for raising and caring for children, either in their own families or in family and community-based care alternatives.

In the past 15 years, the Families First Project has made great achievements in shifting the childcare paradigm from institution-based to family-based and enabling hundreds of thousands of children to go back home and stay with family whilst also having access to education. Statistically, in 2007, there were about half a million children were living in childcare institutions. In 2019, the number reduced to 100,000, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA). Legally, Government Regulations on alternative care have been adopted as national law to make sure family-based childcare to be sustainable with the protection of a legal framework.