I am impacting vulnerable children as a:
Government Official or Advocate
Childrens Home Founder or Staff
All children should live in a supportive protective and caring environment that helps them develop to their full potential. When a child’s own family is unable, even with support, to provide adequate care for the child, the state is responsible for ensuring appropriate alternative care.
In Thailand, institutional care in the form of private children’s homes, is consistently being used as a first option for children when their families are having problems. As child rights professionals and care specialists we want to invert the funding pyramid. This means refocusing the immense amount of money being invested in private children’s homes and redirecting it to increase family support services and family based care options.
The U.N. Guidelines tell us that when children do need to be removed from their families this should be for as short a time as possible, while time and energy is invested in fixing the problems that led to the separation. Helping families in this way is called family support. Family based care options such as kinship care and foster care should always be the first choice for children, with children’s homes being the very last resort.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child Coalition for Thailand Alternative Care Working Group
For examples of good practice in family-based care provision in Thailand please visit our member’s websites