Orphanages don’t just harm children – they harm all of us.
Ensuring that children grow up in resilient, loving, family-based care impacts a broad range of human development priorities, including health, education, and economic activity. Read about the ripple effect of institutionalisation, and the deep links between institutions and other key issues, below.
Poverty and institutionalisation are deeply entwined. Read how poverty both drives, and is driven by, institutionalisation.
Many children are placed in institutions so they can access a good education. Despite the hopes of parents, they rarely receive this. Read more about the links between education and institutionalisation.
Lack of access to health services drives children into institutions. These institutions, in turn, can cause lifelong medical problems. Explore the relationship between healthcare and care reform.
Humanitarian emergencies place major strains on children and families, and communities’ ability to support them. Read more about why institutions flourish in the aftermath of crises.
The accelerating climate crisis is already hitting the world’s most vulnerable hardest. Read how the impacts of climate change are driving institutionalisation.
Read how discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, and disability are all linked to institutionalisation.