In charting the landscape when it comes to care options for orphans and vulnerable children, the Faith to Action Initiative’s research overview is an important resource. While not funded by GHR, this guide has supported GHR’s efforts to demonstrate scope and benchmarks care options from a faith-based perspective. The report notes that:
"Many churches have established or funded orphanages as a way to serve children in need. For children in emergency situations and with no other means of support, high-quality residential care can provide
transitional, rehabilitative or interim special-needs care. As a primary or long-term solution, however, orphanages cannot replace the loving care of a family and too often fail to meet the social, emotional, cognitive and developmental needs of children and youth. Global discussions, research and policy demonstrate that although higher quality residential care is a recognized option … the benefits of family care must be more widely recognized and supported."
GHR Foundation is collaborating with other donors, in-country partners and global experts to strengthen and support family care options for orphans and vulnerable children. Contact us to learn more or to partner on approaches that improve the lives of children and communities.