Father holding his two kids

Worldwide, over six million children live in residential institutions such as orphanages. And that while 300 convincing studies point out the negative effects of growing up outside a family context and these children are often not orphans at all. Research also shows that Private Initiatives (PIs) and their local partners – with the best intentions – play an important role in the current existence of orphanages and other institutions for children. But it is possible to do it differently!

Office room with 10 people who are having a meeting.
Source: Family Power, 2021

In Family Power, 9 Dutch PIs and their local partners in four continents have joined forces to show how vulnerable children can grow up in a safe, caring and permanent family. Late September, Family Power organised a meeting at the office of Wilde Ganzen for its network partners. Family Power, Wilde Ganzen, Better Care Network Netherlands, Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development (DCDD), Partin, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Radboud University all work with PIs and/or the promotion of de-institutionalization. Every network partner is eager to contribute using its own strengths to ensure that the project activities of Family Power (case research, training & consultancy program and awareness campaign) have a sustainable impact. Together the living situation of many children can be improved! Follow-up steps are being planned.

For more information about Family Power, please visit www.familypower.net or contact coordinator Anne Vijverberg (+31657168950, anne@familypower.net).

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