The shift away from residential care occurred between 1941 and 1980 in the developed world, and is now taking place throughout Africa and Asia. Due to the abuse found in many institutions, even the best-run children’s homes are subject to government intervention.  

Children living in orphanages that are forced to close down quickly could end up on the streets and more vulnerable than ever. That’s why it’s crucial to help orphanages find loving, healthy families for every child in their care now.

Where is the Shift Happening?


India tightens regulations leading 180 orphanages to shut down.


Fifteen orphanages have been shut down in Ghana.


Rwandan Government phases out orphanages and encourages local adoption.


Ethiopian Goverment shuts down civil society organizations.


Ugandan Government partnered with civil society organizations to support alternative care.


Sudan Goverment shuts down orphanages.


Cambodian Goverment vows to crack down on orphanages.


Australian Government seeks to ban Australian students from involvement in orphanage tourism.


Nepal's Government responds to children being trafficked to illegal 'orphanages'.


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