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Orphanage and adoption

What is UNICEF’s position on orphanages, group homes, or residential care for children, and on adoption of children for whom family- or extended family-based care is not an option?

Institutions are not - ever - a better environment for children than a loving family.  The more we learn about the brain and how it is negatively affected by the environment in which children grow, the stronger the evidence that children should not be placed in institutions – and children under 3 in particular, should never be placed in an institution.

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