Are there still children in orphanages in Eastern Europe?
There are well over a million children in institutional care in Central and Eastern Europe. The shocking pictures of the terrible conditions in orphanages that came to light in the late 1980s and the early 1990s resulted in an enormous amount of aid being donated to the orphanages. However, it wasn’t until recently that some governments have begun to realise that, however well resourced, orphanages are harmful to children in themselves. Hope and Homes for Children is at the forefront of transforming child protection systems across Eastern Europe and other parts of the world by closing orphanages and replacing them with family-based care.