Growing up in the warmth of a family is exceptionally important for the growth and development of any child. Despite the care of professional staff in children's homes, no institution can replace a family. Only by growing up in a caring family home can children have the opportunity to learn about everyday family activities and to feel that they belong and are supported. Individualised care and affection help children to learn positive family patterns.
“No institution can replace what children need most – a family setting and affection.”
On the other hand, children growing up in children’s homes have to live with the consequences all their life. Despite significant progress in the development of foster parenthood and the transformation of children’s institutions, there is still an unacceptable number of children in Croatia who spend their childhood in institutionalised care. The ratio of 80 percent of children in foster families against 20 percent in institutions has still not been achieved, although it has been part of various deinstitutionalisation plans for years.