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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Better Care Network,

In this two-part video series, Nou Dalin, part of the social work team with Cambodia Children's Trust (CCT), discusses her experience of working in partnership with the Department of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (DoSVY) to implement the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) Action Plan on Improving Childcare in Battambang Province in Cambodia.

Better Care Network,

In this video, Sreyna and Chenda, two practitioners from Hagar Cambodia, discuss their learning regarding the impact of the care setting on child rehabilitation.

Better Care Network,

In this video, Dy Noeut and Kim Malin of New Smile Organisation (NSO) discuss their experience of conducting family tracing as a part of reintegration efforts in the context of an unregistered orphanage where children’s files contained missing and inaccurate information.

Beugre, Anita Princia W. - Leiden University,

Set in Central Region Ghana, using Country-Side Children’s Welfare Home (CCWH) as the main case study, this thesis investigates the underlying factors that are preventing families in the Bawjiase and surroundings from opening their homes and hearts to vulnerable children.

Chinwe U Nnama-Okechukwu & Uzoma O Okoye - Journal of Social Work in Developing Societies,

This paper is based on field work experience, review of relevant literature and studies on alternative child care system in Nigeria.

National Commission for Children, UNICEF, USAID,

This case study profiles the reintegration experiences of one child who has participated in the Tubarerere Mu Muryango (Let’s Raise Children in Families - TMM) programme in Rwanda.

National Commission for Children, UNICEF, USAID,

This programme brief is part of a package of materials documenting successes and lessons learnt from implementation of the Tubarerere Mu Muryango (TMM) child care reform programme between 2012 and 2018.

National Commission for Children, UNICEF, USAID,

This case study profiles the reintegration experiences of one child who has participated in the Tubarerere Mu Muryango (Let’s Raise Children in Families - TMM) programme in Rwanda.

National Commission for Children, UNICEF, USAID,
This programme brief describes the establishment and development of the social service workforce in Rwanda - as part of the Tubarerere Mu Murayango (TMM - Let’s Raise Children in Families) programme to enable children and young adults to live in families and communities rather than in residential facilities - and draws out lessons learnt from this process.
National Commission for Children, UNICEF, USAID,

In collaboration with UNICEF, the government of Rwanda has established the Tubarerere Mu Muryango (TMM - Let’s Raise Children in Families) programme to ensure that all children living in institutional care in Rwanda are reunited with their families or placed in suitable forms of family-based alternative care. This report presents a summary of the findings of an evaluation of Phase 1 of this programme.