How does the current global economic situation affect your work overseas?

The downturn that followed the banking crash in 2009 has led to increasing numbers of families reaching crisis point and more children being abandoned or placed in orphanages, leading to an even greater need for our work.

Families and children have also been affected by cuts to public sector budgets, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, which have reduced the funds available at local authority level to support children to leave orphanages and to develop and provide family support services. However, as reuniting children with families, or placing them in foster care, is significantly cheaper in the long-term, we have an opportunity to help governments put in place childcare systems which are better for children, as well as more efficient.