Transforming Institutional Care

The detrimental effects of institutional care on a child’s well-being are widely documented. Community 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. Institutional care should only be used as a short-term last resort for children over the age of 3, when all other options have been exhausted.

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Joanna Rogers, Elayn M. Sammon, Luba Devetakova - UNICEF Bulgaria,

UNICEF Bulgaria's project, "Family for Every Child," aimed to demonstrate that viable alternatives to institutionalization exist, and that as long as a network of suitable support services is in place, deinstitutionalization is achievable. UNICEF Bulgaria commissioned this evaluation to establish whether the project had been successful

Kanthamanee Ladaphongphatthana - Transformation: An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies,

With current knowledge of alternative child care and in light of the holistic ministry, this article suggests an approach for the Christian church to care for orphans and children at risk by focusing on the family and the local community.

Better Care Network and Kinnected,

This case study highlights some of the key dynamics that arose throughout one organization's process of transitioning their services from residential care to non-institutional programming and examines how those dynamics both influenced the transition and determined the type of support provided, as well as the most appropriate transition strategy. The case study is organized around the various stages of transition and explores some of the key themes outlined in the Transitioning Models of Care Assessment Tool.

Better Care Network and Kinnected,

Lighthouse Children’s Village was established in 2004 as a privately-run and privately-funded residential care institution. In 2014, its long-time principal donor made the decision to phase out of financially supporting institutional care. This case study highlights some of the early warning signs and subsequent discovery of unethical and criminal behavior that can sometimes be observed in a transition process.

Children's Rights,

Families over Facilities is a call to action to end the unnecessary institutionalization of children in child welfare. The report details the physical, mental and emotional harm done to children in group settings, the significant unnecessary taxpayer costs associated with the practice, and violations of children’s civil and human rights.

Eurochild,

The DataCare Project seeks to map how EU Member States and the UK currently collect data on the situation of children in alternative care. This report presents the interim findings of this project, based on the analysis of 14 countries who participated in the study at the end of 2020.

Better Care Network and Kinnected,

This case study highlights some of the prerequisites for the starting point of a successful transition from residential care to a non-residential model, many of which are often overlooked or underestimated. The case study is organized around the various stages of transition and explores some of the key themes outlined in the Transitioning Models of Care Assessment Tool.

Hope and Homes for Children and Lumos,

This call to action - issued by a coalition of child rights organisations including Hope and Homes for Children, Lumos, Eurochild, and SOS Children's Villages - calls on the Ukrainian government and the European Union to "act before it is too late to protect the rights and future of some of the most forgotten and left behind children."

Keystone Human Services, Inclusion International, SPOON, International Social Service - Burkina Faso, Shonaquip - South Africa, Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs - Vietnam, Auto-reprezentanți - Moldova, International Disability Alliance,

By drawing on the experiences of parents, advocates, NGOs, and public officials, this side event invited discussion on how, through strengthening families and tools for prevention, societies can reduce the number of children being institutionalized. During the event, a panel of experts from the Republic of Moldova, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Vietnam, and the United States explored their experiences around efforts to empower parents and keep children with disabilities with their families.

India Alternative Care Network (IACN),

The India Alternative Care Network (IACN) held a website launch event on 21 October 2020.