Our theory of change

Political will

Strong national leadership and a long-term vision that goes beyond party politics and the electoral cycle are key to achieving comprehensive reform. We work alongside government representatives and policy makers from across the political spectrum to ensure the interests of children are put first.

Know how

To achieve meaningful change, each region and country needs to understand how it is possible to move from a system that relies on orphanages to one that focuses on community and family-based solutions. Our projects demonstrate how children’s lives can be transformed by closing institutions and supporting children into stable, loving families and family-like environments. At the same time, we show how, by developing community-based support systems, governments can tackle the root causes of family breakdown.

Capacity to deliver

Developing a well-trained, well-supported, professional child protection workforce is critical to delivering the transition from orphanages to family and community-based care. 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 the transition

Orphanages are not cost-effective. However, countries that commit to de-institutionalisation require additional resources as they transition to family and community-based care. In addition to directly supporting this transition, we use our experience and reputation to leverage additional funding from national and international organisations, making wholesale, nationwide reform of child protection a realistic goal.