The report ‘Mapping of residential care facilities in the capital and 24 provinces of the kingdom of Cambodia’ was released by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation in April 2017. UNICEF provided technical support and USAID provided financial support to the Ministry to conduct the study. The mapping significantly advances the current knowledge of the state of institutionalization of Cambodian children. For the first time, evidence- based data is providing MoSVY with practical information that details where the facilities are and how many children live in them, offering an immense opportunity to access these places of care and assess their situation. This marks a critical first step in the long process of family- and community- based reintegration.
The nation-wide mapping of residential care facilities in Cambodia reveals there are far more residential care institutions operational in the country than previously known. There are 406 residential care institutions (RCIs) with 16,579 children living in them. Based on 2015 population figures, this means that nearly 1 in every 350 Cambodian children lives in a residential care institution.