WHY

why we do what we do

Children who lack or are at risk of losing parental care represent a large and growing group in global society. Estimates suggest that at least 24 million children are without parental care, representing around one percent of the total child population.

 

In the global South, children’s separation from their family is often driven by factors such as household poverty, lack of access to basic services as well as inadequate or inappropriate child protection policies.

 

Evidence tells, that children without parental care generally find themselves at a higher risk of discrimination, violence, abuse as well as cognitive impairment and mental health problems.

 

In many countries, no or few mechanisms exist to ensure quality alternative care services for children who lack parental care. Much needs to be done to prevent unnecessary child separation by supporting families and communities, and to develop better care alternatives when separation is inevitable.