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5 things you should know about orphanages


Did you know that 80% of children in orphanages actually have at least one living parent? Or that children living in institutions are at an ...

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Working together to stop orphanage trafficking and the exploitation of children


It’s hard to believe there are people in the world who deliberately recruit children into orphanages in order to make money. Yet running an orphanage ...

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Ending the institutionalisation of 240,000 children across Latin America and the Caribbean


Today, Lumos and the British Embassy in Panama brought together global and regional child protection experts to discuss strategies to tackle the institutionalisation of children ...

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What can go wrong with deinstitutionalisation?


A 10 minute presentation by Georgette Mulheir, Lumos CEO, as part of training on deinstitutionalisation of children. This presentation covers common mistakes and problems in ...

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Child Care Law Reporting Project Interim Report


A 75 page report from 2013 on the Child Care Law Reporting Project project aimed at ensuring greater transparency in child care court proceedings in ...

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Bringing hope to children in Greek institutions


Lumos welcomes meeting of Greek Government representatives with EU officials to discuss reform of child care services

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Nobody is Allowed to Harm You


Publication produced in partnership with Child Rights Centre, Nobody is Allowed to Harm You, is a book for children and young people that has been ...

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Lumos Factsheet: The Risks


Factsheet that details the risks empirically associated with children who are institutionalised.

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Empowering Children and Young People with Disabilities to Improve Responses


This report focused on the activities carried out by children and young people from the Club for Healthy Changes within the project “Empowering Children and ...

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Short Term Foster Care: Results of a survey among short-term foster carers carried out by Lumos


Report based on extensive research into short-term foster carers. The Lumos team, including social workers, substitute-family-care experts and an experienced social care researcher, prepared a ...

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Ensuring access to treatment for children with hydrocephalus


This report provides a summary of work undertaken by Lumos - together with governmental authorities, international partners, local medical professionals and families - to ensure ...

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Orphanage Entrepreneurs: The Trafficking of Haiti’s Invisible Children


This report provides a succinct summary of the scale and shape of abuse and trafficking in Haiti’s orphanages and key recommendations for stakeholders to incorporate ...

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Child exploitation in Haiti’s orphanages


On June 21-22, 2017, Haiti – ranked eighth in the world for human trafficking – held its first annual conference to combat trafficking. The Haitian ...

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Protecting children from neglect and abuse: Serbian young people with disabilities show the way


An innovative booklet created by children and young people with intellectual disabilities to help their peers understand neglect and abuse has been launched in a ...

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Global Forum attracts world experts on child development


Senior Lumos figures with wide-ranging expertise in child welfare and development are taking part in a prestigious international academic event in the Czech Republic this ...

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Moldovan children to be guaranteed a life without fear of violence or neglect


Moldova’s Child Protection Strategy for 2014-2020 will ensure that its children grow up in a safe and protected environment, both in their homes and within ...

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Lumos chief executive ‘one of world’s most influential social workers’


Decades of work by Lumos CEO Georgette Mulheir to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children have been recognised by her inclusion on an ...

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Alternative Family Care in Practice


Lumos’s team in the Czech Republic, in conjunction with Dr Gabriela Pecková, MP, are holding an important seminar in the country’s parliament in Prague on ...

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Ground-breaking Agreement Will Strengthen Moldova’s Future


Moldova’s children in adversity have received a major boost with the signing of an agreement between the Moldovan Government and the Global Alliance for Children, ...

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Learning Lessons from the past to tackle modern day orphanage myth


In 2001, together with representatives from the European Commission, I made an unannounced visit to an orphanage in Romania. It was situated in a town ...

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Nothing prepares you for seeing a child in a cage


Nothing prepares you for seeing a child in a cage. There is something so viscerally wrong with caging children that the image confronting you makes ...

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Children behind the walls


On the 9th of November, 1989, the Berlin Wall was breached. We, the children of the cold war, watched in awe, as thousands from behind ...

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European Commission and Lumos highlight the link between trafficking and children in institutions


In light of the EU Anti-trafficking Day, the issue of orphanage trafficking is being examined at a high-level discussion hosted by the Cabinet of Neven ...

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Ebola orphans need family care, not life in an orphanage


We can scarcely imagine the trauma in a young child’s life when their mother, or father, or both, die from a terrible disease. They can ...

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Child care reform in India, one sixth of world population, has regional and global significance


India commits to counting children outside homes and families as it shifts away from institutions. Over the last decade, Ian Anand Forber-Pratt has been at ...

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A child’s right to be heard


The basic principle in making judgements in the cases of child protection should always be what is in the best interests of a child. According ...

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If institutions are harmful to Europe’s children, then they are harmful to children everywhere


Across the globe, an estimated eight million children live in institutions and so-called orphanages. At least 80% are NOT orphans but are separated from families ...

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Fighting Sexual Violence against Children in the Czech Republic


n the summer of 2015 the Czech Republic signed The Lanzarote Convention – the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual ...

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Short-term foster care. Now we can prove it is successful


Short-term foster care came into existence in the Czech Republic in 2013. With a new law, the government created professional foster-carers to achieve a key ...

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'I Was Told By The Doctor To Leave My Child...'


On 25 April 2012 Lumos held a press conference in Bulgaria, together with the State Agency for Child Protection and the Agency for Social Assistance, ...

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Safeguarding Children By Monitoring And Improving Standards Of Social Care


Replacing residential children’s institutions with community-based services, enabling children to live in families with appropriate support, is a fundamental principle underpinning Lumos’ work. However, as ...

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What's Wrong with Institutions


Georgette Mulheir, Lumos CEO, explains the various ways in which institutions are harmful to children's health and development.

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Orphanages in Haiti


"To keep at home full-time it costs about 6-10 times less than keeping them in an institution". Georgette Mulheir explains why institutional 'care' is a ...

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