Every child has the right to grow up in a supportive, caring and nurturing family environment. No child should be placed in any residential care setting simply because the family is poor or finds it difficult to access basic health services, social protection or education.
The impact of child separation and institutionalization is severe and can last a lifetime. Children placed in institutions are deprived of social, emotional and intellectual stimulation, which can hamper the healthy development of a child’s brain. Shut away from mainstream society, these children are also particularly vulnerable to violence, neglect and abuse.
However, there are situation in which parents, particularly young single mothers are struggling with finding financial support or even a home. They need help in order to offer their children a family.