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. "Living in an orphanage is like living in a box - there are so many rules. In a family, there are rules too, but there is also a sense of being free. I've learnt so much from my foster family. They have taught me the skills I need for life." Foster child
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