In Vietnam, there are an estimated 22,000 children growing up in government-run orphanages. Over half of these children have disabilities. This project will train Vietnam's 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 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. 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 will train orphanages across Vietnam in best practice family placement. This will enable them to establish long-term family placement programmes as a positive alternative to institutional care - gradually moving children out of the institution 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, 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.