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"Everything changed for the better when I returned home. Here I feel looked after, loved and needed"
children are in institutions worldwide
more than 90% are not orphans
Most children in orphanages are not orphans but are there because of poverty or disability
"In four years, Lumos supported nearly 12,000 children to move from harmful institutions into safe, caring family environments"- Lumos Annual Review 2013
Source: Lumos Research 2012
Insufficient time is granted to cases of vulnerable children and courts often feel like unfriendly places for children.
Moving from a system of institutions to one based on community services is challenging. It requires a major shift in vision, attitudes and resources.
All future teachers will understand special educational needs. Inclusive education will become the norm, rather than the exception.
Source: ERRC et al (2011) Life Sentence: Romani Children in Institutional Care
The new law aims to reduce institutionalisation by offering more support to families and strengthening foster care.
Source: Lumos Research 2011
In many countries healthcare is not free, so parents avoid going to the doctor until the child is seriously ill.
Families told of how they were forced to place their children in institutions because of poverty and a lack of support services in their communities.
We only saw each other on Saturdays and Sundays but this is not enough for any child. Everything changed after we took our child from the institution.
"Everything changed for the better when I returned home. Here I feel looked after, loved and needed."- Dan,reunited with his family by Lumos