Families. Not institutions.

A child's hand holds a painted blue metal bar, locked in a dark orphanage

A roadmap for global care reform

We’re delighted to launch our flagship publication ‘Families. Not Institutions.‘ This work distils nearly thirty years of our experience in driving forward care reform, across a variety of contexts.

Authored by our global advocacy, research and programmes teams, with additional input and advice kindly provided by strategic partners, it provides

  • critical lessons learned,
  • practical evidence
  • and recommendations.

For global, regional and national decision makers, ‘Families. Not Institutions.’ can help build political will, define strategies and policies, and target funding that transforms care systems.

‘Families. Not Institutions.’ has two modules:

Module I – Unlocking progress through care reform

This module is divided into three parts:

Part I: The harm of institutionalisation

Outlines the damage caused by institutionalisation, why children end up in institutions and the global policy and human rights framework.

Part II: The case for care reform

Makes the investment case for why care reform is needed, and the role of different sectors in the process. This process starts by understanding why children and families are placed at risk. It identifies the role of different systems and sectors in building more inclusive communities and their ability to reach often the most vulnerable groups in society, ultimately strengthening and reinforcing their ability to deliver development objectives.

This module highlights how tackling the drivers of institutionalisation is key to unlocking broader change in the system, and how that in turn will strengthen progress in key areas such as

Part III: Introducing the roadmap for care reform

Briefly introduces the roadmap, highlighting the key stages and concepts involved in the care reform process.

Module II – A roadmap for care reform for children

This section provides a practical roadmap to guide anyone planning to implement, fund or otherwise support a process of care reform. It includes an overview of the key steps and processes needed to embark on transforming care systems for children. It’s written for government officials, donors, civil society and any other stakeholder that seeks to better understand the care reform process.

Including real testimony and case studies from young people and families with experience of alternative care systems across the world, we hope this publication will galvanise a commitment to children, to their future, and to building equal societies, through transforming the systems that care for them.

Access the full publication including both modules below: