On 17 August 2017, the Australian Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee was briefed by representatives from the Cambodian Children’s Trust and Forget Me Not Foundation on the issue of orphanage tourism. This link includes a video of the opening statements from this briefing.
All over the world, children are placed in orphanages because their families do not have the resources to care for them. In this short film, a mother makes the difficult decision to leave her daughter to the care of an orphanage.
In this BBC Three documentary, Rebecca Southworth tells her own story about growing up in care and follows the lives of care-leavers and young people in care to explore why so many people with experience in care end up living chaotic lives.
In this interview with ABC News, Kate van Doore talks about the trafficking and exploitation of children in overseas orphanages and how volunteering in and funding orphanages contributes to negative outcomes for children.
Philip Goldman, Maestral International - MacArthur Foundation 27 Jul 2017
In this video, Philip Goldman, President of Maestral International, discusses how donors, faith communities, advocates and other committed actors can be brought together under the common belief that all children belong in families.
In this exclusive interview with ChristianeAmanpour of CNNInternational, J.K. Rowling discusses her inspiration for founding Lumos, the impact of institutionalisation on child development and attachment, and how orphanage volunteering and foreign donations are harming vulnerable children around the world.
Kate van Doore - Griffith University Law School, Forget Me Not5 Jul 2017
In this video, Kate van Doore describes the process of 'paper orphaning,' a term coined to characterize how children are recruited and trafficked into orphanages to gain profits through international funding and orphanage tourism.
More than 1,000 asylum-seeking men and boys were living around Belgrade’s train station until their eviction in May. Now many of them, including hundreds of children traveling alone, are missing and vulnerable to trafficking in their desperation to reach northern Europe.