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Who We Are

Children belong in families,
not orphanages

By 2050 all children will grow up in loving, nurturing, protective families.

Because children belong in families, not orphanages.

Our Vision


Our vision is a world in which all children have the opportunity to grow up and thrive in a safe and caring family or, where there is no alternative, in specialist placements that meet all their needs, respect their rights and ensure they can fulfill their potential.

Our Core Values Shape Our Work


We are:
  • Child-focused: Children always come first in our work. We place the rights and needs of children and their safety, protection and well-being at the centre of everything we do.
  • Accountable: We take responsibility for our actions when carrying out our programmes, exercising great care in the use of our resources and seeking to deploy them to maximum effect, always considering the consequences and impact on children.
  • Transformative: We support change to create a positive and sustainable difference to the lives of children, and transformation that brings lasting benefits.
  • Inclusive: We aim to ensure access to opportunities for everyone. We endeavour to operate in open and honest ways in both our internal and external relationships, developing and delivering flexible approaches that address the needs of all. We involve young people both in matters that affect them and in our advocacy activities.

Future Goals for Lumos


By 2025

We will have national plans for reform in place in countries with large numbers of children in orphanages. There will be advocacy work taking place in every global region dealing with different cultural pressures that cause institutionalisation of children. Globally, major funders will divert funds away from institutions and into community-based services. We'll have research-based evidence available about what works in each different region.

By 2035

We will have helped 4 million children to leave institutions or prevented them from entering them in the first place. We will have trained more than 100,000 professionals and policy-makers to deliver community-based services. There will be clear, research-based evidence available on better outcomes for children that is tailored for different parts of the world.

By 2050

There will be no more children living in institutions anywhere in the world. All countries will have community-based services to support all children living with their families. At least $15 billion of major donor funding will have been leveraged to fund global deinstitutionalisation, including from the World Bank, the European Union and the US Government.