Global Movement to Close Orphanages
In the U.S., the movement away from the orphanage model began in 1909 at the White House Conference on the Care of Dependent Children. President Roosevelt concluded that children belong in families and foster care was prioritized. However, the orphanage population did not decrease until 35 years later, after the number of social workers and family support services had increased.
Right now many governments have come to that same conclusion, yet workers need to be equipped to safely place children in families. We agree with this shift but we want to ensure that children are safe in the process.