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Many children living in institutions, or orphanages, have at least one parent, but are separated from their families as a result of poverty, conflict, disease and other social and physical causes. Evidence shows that these children have dramatically reduced opportunities in life and that their ability to develop to their full potential is severely undermined. The effects of institutionalisation on children can last a lifetime.
Hope and Homes for Children is committed to working with governments to close their institutions through a process called Deinstitutionalisation (DI) by enabling children to return home to their families or into alternative, family-based services.
Deinstitutionalisation (DI) means much more than simply closing down institutions; it is the complex process of replacing a system of long-term residential care in large institutions with a range of family-based alternatives for children and with services which prevent family breakdown in the first place. Specialist expertise is required to close institutions in a manner which safeguards each individual child, ensures the efficient use and transfer of resources, and results in sustainable high quality care services.
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