Decades of research show that living in institutions is harmful to children. Interactions with nurturing, stable, and long-term caregivers are crucial for building the architecture of a child’s developing brain. When children lack these kinds of relationships and interactions, the foundations for brain development are undermined— and large care institutions generally lack the necessary environment for children to thrive and develop.
October 2nd, 2020 marks the launch of Catholic Care for Children International (CCCI) under the auspices of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) – one of many faith groups leading policy reform and family-based alternatives to institutional care. Catholic sisters are well-positioned to realize the best possible outcomes for vulnerable children and children living outside of family care by combining the Catholic tradition of care with insights from contemporary research. Long-time partners of GHR in this work, they are leading the global movement in care reform to establish a network of women and men religious and reduce recourse to institutional care, as marked by the launch of CCCI.