Hope and Homes for Children has been working across Bulgaria since 2009. There are currently just over 200 children left in orphanages – we’re working to close the last one this year. 

What we do

Closing orphanages

Working alongside the Bulgarian Government we are in the process of closing the final 4 institutions. In 2016, the Bulgarian Government agreed to an action plan which will see the closure of all remaining institutions, including the remaining institutions for babies and young children, by the end of 2022. 

Training social workers

Our specialist training has reached over 2,600 social workers and other child protection professionals across the country, helping to support the deinstitutionalisation process and ensuring children’s needs are always put first. 

It was the happiest day of my life, when I took my boy back

Stoyan, Ivan’s dad

Preventing family breakdown

Our work to prevent family breakdown has seen us invest in a mix of bespoke family and community-based services including an emergency reception centre and a specialist centre for non-residential centre for children with behavioural difficulties. To date, we have successfully worked with over 2,000 children and their families. 

Developing alternative care

In addition to pioneering a specialist centre for foster care, we have been able to successfully influence the Bulgarian Government in the development of a range of alternative care services such as foster care and young adult support programmes. We have worked closely with government and civil society in the creation of relevant policies, service standards and national action plans to underpin and consolidate reform of the child protection system. 

Our work in numbers

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children and families supported through our programmes

Our impact

Since 2009 we have closed 26 institutions and helped reduce the number of babies and young children confined in institutions across Bulgaria by over 90%. There were around 2,400 children in 32 institutions for children aged 0-3 when Hope and Homes for Children started working in Bulgaria. There are now just over 200 children left in 4 remaining institutions for children aged 0-3. 

“It was terrible for Ivan.”

Ivan was taken from his dad, Stoyan, when he was just three years old. Because he has cerebral palsy and his dad is a single parent, the authorities had decided Ivan would be better off in an orphanage. But orphanages do not protect children; they harm them.

Read Ivan and Stoyan's story

Get in touch

If you’d like to contact our team in Bulgaria, please contact our central office on info@hopeandhomes.org

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