In Vietnam, there are an estimated 22,000 children within state run orphanages, as well as 11,000 children within privately run institutions. Over half of these children have disabilities. It has been internationally recognised that children thrive in family-based care, and that although orphanages can meet children's basic needs, living within a family is most beneficial for children's well-being and their development.
Our local team travels across Vietnam providing training and support in family placement to government-run orphanages. This enables them to establish family placement programmes, whereby children are moved out of the orphanage and into local foster families. As foster care is completely new to Vietnam, this project will initially work with just two orphanages, developing and testing training materials before rolling out the programme nationwide.
This project has the potential to impact 22,000+ orphaned and abandoned children, across Vietnam, 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 in the community being abandoned and placed into orphanages in the first place.
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