Catalysing change

Institutional care has devastating consequences for children: denying them a voice and taking away their right to grow up in a loving, protective family environment. We are playing a catalytic role in the elimination of institutional care globally.

  • Political Will

    We work alongside government representatives and policy makers from across the political spectrum to ensure the interests of children are put first.

  • Know-How

    Our projects demonstrate how children’s lives can be transformed by closing institutions and supporting children into stable, loving families and family-like environments.

  • Capacity

    Drawing on over 20 years of experience, our training programmes help build the capacity of government and civil society to put the interests of children first.

  • Funding

    We use our experience and reputation to leverage  funding from national and international organisations, catalysing child-protection reform.

Global advocacy

Our mission is to be the catalyst for the global elimination of institutional care of children. To achieve this we work together with civil society organisations, governments and funders and in partnership with children, their families and communities to develop institution-free child protection systems.

The key focus of our advocacy is to change the hearts and minds of policy makers and others who have authority to act and take decisions that will improve children’s lives.

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Global reach

Countries of operation
Countries of influence
Former countries of operation

Global impact

Hope and Homes for Children has played a pioneering role in developing and implementing deinstitutionalisation and child protection reform in both Central and Eastern Europe and East and Southern Africa.

As a result of this pioneering work deinstitutionalisation is gaining momentum globally.

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Over a hundred years of research proves institutional care is harmful to children, and that family and community care is better for children. We’ve produced and collated a range of publications relating to deinstitutionalisation, child care reform, and specific global regions.

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From the field

Hope and Homes for Children is recognised as an expert in the field of Deinstitutionalisation. Read more about the way we work here:

  • On the frontline for children; building the social workforce to deliver deinstitutionalisation in Rwanda
    Rwanda is one of very few countries in Africa to have a dedicated national social workforce focused on child protection and family strengthening. Professionals like Monique and Richard play a key role in not only sustaining positive outcomes for children and their families but also in contributing to wider change.
  • Leaving no child behind: Marie’s story
    “Since I am a man”, said Marie’s father, “I thought I could not care for a child with disabilities, particularly my daughter Marie, after the death of her mother. I just could not imagine providing adequate care to such a child as well as her siblings. Other family members persuaded me to place the child […]
  • Developing Community Services: Cyiza’s story
    When Cyiza was born, his mother, Sisi, had very little to live on. She earned what she could, taking occasional work wherever she could find it. To begin with, Sisi was able to carry Cyiza on her back and take him with her but, as he grew bigger, this became less and less practical. By […]
  • Growing up in an institution: Johnny’s story
    Johnny is 13 years old. He loves to play sport and watch football on TV even though he has never been able to walk independently and uses a wheelchair to move about. Today, Johnny lives in one of the largest children’s institutions in Romania. He used to live with his parents and his younger brother, […]