Background Paper: Keeping Children Out of Harmful Institutions

Silhouette of a child looking out a window

Publication details

Author(s): Corinna Csáky (Save the Children)
Date: May 2009
Themes: Family-based care, poverty, child rights

One of the biggest myths is that children in orphanages are there because they have no parents. This is not the case. Most are there because their parents simply can’t afford to feed, clothe and educate them.  

This report challenges all governments, international donors, NGOs, faith-based groups and others to put an end to the unnecessary and harmful use of institutional care. We are calling on them all to develop alternatives that enable families and communities to provide the care that gives every child the chance to thrive, and that is every child’s right.