Global Movement to Shut Down 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.
Now many governments have come to that same conclusion, yet also lack the supports needed to safely place children in families. We agree with this shift but without the right support, children are vulnerable to trafficking and further trauma.
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