Preventing Separation

Children are highly vulnerable to separation from their parents in conflict, displacement or disasters. Families may flee for their safety and lose loved ones in the chaos, parents may leave their children or send them away for their own safety or in the belief they will be better cared for by others. Children may lose their parents to disease, injury or death, while others may be abducted by armed forces, or trafficked.

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Changing the Way We Care,

In Kenya, economic challenges often force families to place their children in residential care facilities (sometimes referred to as orphanages), leading to long-term negative impacts.

Zoë Robinson - Advocate for Children and Young People,

This interim report based in Australia focuses on hearing the lived experiences of children and young people in alternative care arrangements and lifts up the voices of those who have participated in private hearings as part of this Special Inquiry to date.

Changing the Way We Care,

This is a comprehensive baseline survey by Changing the Way We Care Haiti aimed at informing the design of a robust care reform program focused on averting family separation and fostering sustainable reintegration.

Changing the Way We Care,

Prévenir la séparation des familles et favoriser la réinsertion familiale est une enquête de base menée par Changing the Way We Care Haïti visant à informer la conception d'un programme de réforme des soins axé sur la prévention de la séparatio

Justina Račaitė, Khatia Antia, Volker Winkler, Sigita Lesinskienė, Rita Sketerskienė, Rūta Maceinaitė, Ingrida Tracevskytė, Elena Dambrauskaitė, Genė Šurkienė ,

This cross-sectional study was conducted in 24 Lithuanian schools and involved parents/caregivers and their children aged 12 to 17. The study aimed to collect and analyse self-reported data on left behind children's emotional and behavioural problems and compare children’s reports with those of parents/caregivers.

United Nations Task Force on Children Deprived of Liberty,

This advocacy brief provides an overview of promising practices and lessons learned to end child immigration detention in the U.S. and sets out a range of policy actions needed to scale up efforts to end this form of violence.

BBC World Service,

Amy and Ano are twins, but just after they were born they were taken from their mother and sold to separate families.They found out about each other by chance and as they delved into their past, they realised thousands of babies in Georgia were stolen from hospitals and sold for adoption, some as recently as 2005. Now they want answers.

Georgetown University Collaborative on Global Children's Issues,

This webinar explored the role of the Catholic Church in responding to children who are migrating alone or who are at risk of or have been separated from their families in the context of migration. 

Bertranna A. Muruthi, Katrina Taschman, Amanda Stafford McRell, Jose Zarate, Reid E. Thompson Cañas, Lindsey Romero, Daisy Hernández,

This report presents findings from qualitative interviews conducted with English-speaking Latino individuals from the United States who experienced parental deportation between the ages of 6 and 17 years old. They offer suggestions about what they needed following their loss as a child. By understanding what children need in these moments of crisis, practitioners, providers, and others are better prepared to address this form of complex childhood adversity.

Kate O’Brien, Hannah King,

This is a report about the Parental Rights in Prison Project (PRiP) based in Wales and England aimed at supporting incarcerated parents who wished to sustain their relationship with their children who are in the care of the local authority, care of family and significant others or adopted and to provide them with legal advice and support around their rights as parents.