In Thailand, there are an estimated 4,500 children growing up in government-run orphanages. This project will train these orphanages in family-based care, enabling them to start placing children into local, loving foster families where they will be nurtured to reach their full potential.
In Thailand, there are an estimated 4,500 children growing up in the 20 government-run orphanages located across the country. If privately run institutions are included this figure is likely to be in the tens of thousands. Children living within institutional care are among the most vulnerable in the world, at high risk of abuse and neglect due to the poor standard of care, characterised by a very low staff to children ratio.
Our local team travels across Thailand providing training and support in family placement to government-run orphanages. This enables them to establish or expand family placement programmes, which means they can move children out of the institution and into local foster families. Our goal is for these staff to be fully confident in being able to recruit, assess and train suitable foster carers from the local community, as well as place, support and monitor children as they move into families.
This project has the potential to impact 4,500+ orphaned and abandoned children across Thailand, giving them the chance to grow up within local, loving families where they will be nurtured to reach their full potential. By helping orphanages to develop new services according to the needs of the community i.e. special needs education or physiotherapy, the project also has the potential to prevent children from being placed into care in the first place.