Call to Action: Building a rights-based child protection system in Ukraine, free from institutions

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." The call to action notes the estimated number of children living in institutions in Ukraine (100,000) and the harmful impacts of institutionalization on children, highlights progress and challenges in reforming the care system in the country, and outlines recommended actions for the Ukrainian government and European Union to take in order to ensure that children in Ukraine grow up in families, not institutions.