the solution

Children should not grow up in institutions, with their depersonalised spaces and complete isolation from society. Lumos works on every level, with every actor, to transform an outdated and harmful system into one which supports and protects children and enables them to have a positive future.

Changing Systems, Developing Services

We engage with all those needed to change the system, from international decision makers to children and families. We show how our solutions work at every level and advocate on behalf of children. More importantly we support children to speak up and influence change in their lives and communities.

Working with children and young people is an incredibly important part of Lumos' work. Here you can read about how 'self-advocates' make their voices heard through videos, drawing, animations and stories to engage with politicians, policy-makers and decision-makers internationally.

Lumos' work is based on evidence and universal principles. Our approach is tried and tested. We leverage the resources of others, identify and fill gaps and connect the efforts of partners. Our results are high impact, sustainable change. Individual children are central to all our decisions.

To ensure changes to the system are sustainable, service managers need support in transferring finances from institutions to community services. Societal and professional attitudes must change to prioritise the most vulnerable. Professionals need skills development to meet the needs of all children.

Video From Orphanages to Families
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Story Keeping families together in emergency situations
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The new law aims to reduce institutionalisation by offering more support to families and strengthening foster care.

Everything changed for the better when I returned home. Here I feel looked after, loved and needed.

In four years, Lumos supported nearly 12,000 children to move from harmful institutions into safe, caring family environments

Story Changing Attitudes through child participation
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Story Lumos' pioneering training programmes
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Story Radu's Story
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Story Seeing is Believing - Lumos Study Visits
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Story Supporting deinstitutionalisation: Focus on families
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Story Our Work in the Czech Republic
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Story Ten Elements of Deinstitutionalisation
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Story Ten Principles of Deinstitutionalisation
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Story A victory for children with hydrocephalus
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Story "What could be more beautiful than a family?"
Story Spotlight on Hydrocephalus and institutionalisation
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Story Three little words that make a big difference
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Story From the Kennedy Law to the Berlin wall: ending the institutionalisation of children
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Story We are stonger when we work together - Childhood 2025
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Case Study Rediscovering the love of a family: Andre*’s story
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Story Finding a way back to a family life: Corina*’s story
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Case study Marketa*'s story
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Story Just in time for Christmas
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Story Engaging the wider community to help children back to a family life
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Story Safeguarding Children by Monitoring and Improving Standards of Social Care
Safeguarding Children by Monitoring and Improving Standards of Social Care thumbnail
Story We are stronger when we work together - Childhood 2025
We are stronger when we work together - Childhood 2025 thumbnail
Story Giving children in institutions a voice
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Story Children know what is best for them
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Story Supporting Vulnerable Families
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Project Turning Words into Action
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Ceo_blog Taking responsibility for institutionalising children
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Story Supporting deinstitutionalisation: focus on autism
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Video Reuniting families
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Story Developing an Assessment Framework for Children with Disabilities
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Story Training teachers
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Story Saving Lives: Improving support for children with eating and drinking difficulties
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Story Setting Standards in Social Services
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Story A Chat with Shaun
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Story Better Health, Better Lives
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Story Why Study Visits are Inspirational
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Story Providing specialist support
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Story Why International Advocacy?
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Story Intervening in Emergencies to Improve the Health, Development & Protection of Children
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Story Supporting Local Areas in Bulgaria
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Story Lumos in Bulgaria
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Case Study Ion's Story
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Story Alexandra's Story
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How we work Seven Levels of Engagement
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The Facts 8 million children are in institutions
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Case Study They won't be invisible any more - Inclusive Education
 They won't be invisible any more - Inclusive Education thumbnail
Child Participation Supported child participation in Bulgaria - A major breakthrough for Lumos
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All future teachers will understand special educational needs. Inclusive education will become the norm, rather than the exception.

$5000 To deinstitutionalise 1 child
Story Providing a lifeline
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Story Supporting the Bulgarian Government in the Deinstitutionalisation Process
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Story National commitment on deinstitutionalisation
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Story Lumos presents at Kiev press conference
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Story Ukrainian study visit to London
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Story Reducing Infant Mortality In Moldova
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Story Making Inclusive Education a Reality - Lessons from Moldova
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Story A focus on children with disabilities
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Story Partnership with Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine
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Story Supporting Deinstitutionalisation in Moldova
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Story Supporting Change in the Czech Republic
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Story Developing Foster Care
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1 in 3 became homeless
outcomes for children who grew up in institutions (Survey data in Russia)
Story Taking ownership for de-institutionalisation - a training programme for managers of the future
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Story The Challenge of Change in Montenegro
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