Dessi and B’s story: Poverty Drives Families Apart
For some families it is grinding poverty and the absence of any local care support that forces them to institutionalise a beloved child.
Raising children in an orphanage or other institution harms their health and development. It increases their exposure to abuse and puts them at risk of future criminal activity.
They are isolated from their families and their communities. They are often hidden behind walls and segregated.
Even when orphanages and institutions are set up with good intentions, care is tailored to the needs of the institution, not the child. Staff struggle to cope with high numbers of children, particularly those with complex needs. Physical contact, care and attention become a luxury.
Good care has the child’s needs at its heart – whether that’s in a family or a family-like setting.