BCN Newsletter January-February 2017

Better Care Network and Opening Doors for Europe's Children

This special issue of the BCN Newsletter is a joint collaboration with the Opening Doors for Europe's Children campaign - a pan-European campaign advocating for strengthening families and ending institutional care. It highlights key achievements and gaps during the transition from institutional to family- and community-based care for children in Europe. It looks at the evidence on deinstitutionalisation (DI) and status of care reforms across Europe in 2016 - from EU neighbourhood and pre-accession countries to EU member states, most of which are currently being challenged by the migration and refugee crisis. It focuses on policies that regulate deinstitutionalisation and prevention of child abandonment; engagement of civil society; existing know-hows; access to community-based services, and use of EU funds.