Insights Into the World of Privatized Faith-Based Residential Care Facilities in Myanmar

Better Care Network, Kinnected, ACC International Relief

The study was aimed at gaining insights into the operations of privately run, Christian faith-based residential care facilities (RCFs) in Myanmar. Specifically, the study sought to better understand the operational mechanisms of these RCFs, including the characteristics of the directors and donors, the means and reasons for referral and admission of children into care, and how the interplay of these dynamics affect RCF stakeholders’ willingness to engage in transition, the reintegration of children, and transition outcomes.

The study employed a mixed methods approach and gathered data from 46 residential care facilities and 22 individual donors or donor groups, all of whom were involved in Kinnected Myanmar’s transition and reintegration program.

The outcomes of this analysis provide important insights to inform ongoing awareness raising, advocacy efforts, approaches to providing technical support and deinstitutionalization, and care reform strategies in Myanmar.

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