Families. Not orphanages.

Orphanages do not protect children. They harm them. We are working towards a day when every child can grow up in a loving family.

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  • Damaging

    Children in orphanages are often subject to high levels of abuse and neglect. They live in a world without love. The impact of this can last a lifetime.

  • Unnecessary

    There are 8 million children across the world confined to soulless orphanages. Over 80% of them are not orphans. It doesn’t have to be this way.

  • Unwanted

    Orphanages deprive children of their voice, giving them no say or control over the decisions that affect them. We give children what they want and need most – a stable, loving family.

  • Thank you

    Thanks to your support we are now able to influence change in almost 30 countries around the world including, for the first time, in India and across Latin America.

    Even as we grow, we never forget our history. Which was why we all celebrated when we received agreement to close the Bjelave orphanage in Sarajevo, the institution that moved our founders, Mark and Caroline Cook, to create Hope and Homes for Children in 1994.

    At the beginning of last year, Ada lived in Bjelave. Now, because of you she has a real home and a family who love her. Your support has transformed hers and many other children’s lives.

    Thank you.


In numbers

Every child wants a safe, loving family to grow up in. But over 8 million children confined to orphanages around the world are denied this, with often catastrophic effects.

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A global movement for change



Hope and Homes for Children is working towards a day where every child can grow up in a loving family. We know we will only achieve this by working with others. Through our partnerships with national governments, civil society organisations, international agencies, corporate donors and committed individuals, we are helping to build a global movement that will eradicate orphanages in our lifetime.




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We’re inspired by the courage and resilience of the children we work for. Read their stories here:

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  • A family and a future: Ada’s story
    Ada Habibovic is such a friendly, confident little girl, it’s hard to believe the enormous challenges she’s had to face in her short life. Ada’s father abandoned her mother  before she was born. Her mother tried  to care for her by herself but struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and so the  authorities decided that […]
  • Home at last for Christmas: Maxim’s Story
    Maxim is 16 years old and has spent most of his life trapped in Ukraine’s vast and loveless network of children’s institutions. Now though, he is looking forward to celebrating Christmas in a home where he is loved. Maxim’s mother couldn’t cope with raising her children in poverty and so, when he was three, he […]
  • She is my life: Azra and Alma’s story
    Azra Čaušević is a happy, high-spirited little girl who lives with her mother, Alma, in a village in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Azra loves songs, she loves you to talk to her – she needs a lot of attention!” Alma says. Alma is only 19 but she knows what it takes to be a good mother. […]
  • Growing up together: Gloria’s story
    Gloria is 10 years old and the eldest of four girls. She loves to play with her younger sisters, Reveca, Elena and Maria. Without the support of Hope and Homes for Children though, it’s very likely that Gloria and her sisters would now be living in an orphanage, separated from each other and from their […]

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Hope and Homes for Children is at the forefront of a growing global movement to eradicate orphanages globally. Catch up on our latest news here:

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