Alternative Care for Children

UNICEF works with partners in Viet Nam to provide alternative care for children without or at risk of losing parental care.

UNICEF Viet Nam\Dominic Blewett

The Challenge

Increasing numbers of children are in need of special protection in Viet Nam.  With residential and institutional care the main State-administered alternative support for children without primary caregivers, limited community-based alternate arrangements have translated into an absence of a formal foster care system and children with disabilities not receiving adequate care.

“Many families, particularly in rural areas, face new pressures brought about by socio-economic development that have led to an increased number of abandoned, neglected, abused and exploited children.”

This led to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to express concern about the situation of children deprived of a family environment in Viet Nam and the limited availability of alternative arrangements for children.

The Solution

UNICEF is supporting Viet Nam to develop an alternative care system for children in need of special protection and ensure it is in line with international standards and good practices. This will be achieved through enhancing national legislation and creating foster and respite care for children without parental care, those with disabilities and exposed by other vulnerabilities.

“UNICEF believes every child and young person should live in a supportive, protective and caring environment that promotes her/his full potential.”

With the training of staff and community collaborators a priority, we will support the piloting of different alternative care arrangements such as adoption, foster care and respite day care for children with disabilities and shelters for child victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation.