More than 60 years of international research shows that growing up in institutions, like orphanages, can have a lifelong detrimental impact on the physical, emotional and psychological development of children.
Despite the harmful impact that orphanages have on children, the number of orphanages across the developing world has skyrocketed in recent years – a phenomenon we call the Orphanage Crisis.
At the heart of our work is a preventative child protection model that prevents children from being separated from families and placed in orphanages. Our approach is holistic, community-led and addresses the root causes of the Orphanage Crisis. It places families and communities in the driving seat, empowering them to meet the challenges in their lives and raise their children well.
Raising awareness about the importance of family-based care at a community level, and identifying the vulnerabilities and challenges that lead to family separation and the institutionalisation of children are key to keeping families together. CCT has been leading community consultations in 11 villages, working with local people to look at what is working well in
Without the voices and laughter of their children, Arun* and Riya’s* house in Thailand was disturbingly quiet, magnifying their sadness and deep sense of loss. Desperate to earn a decent wage, the parents migrated from Cambodia to Thailand in 2015, leaving their sons, Thea*, 11, and Makara*, 9, and their daughter, Kiri*, 8, in
If Sa Reout’s mega-watt smile doesn’t brighten your day, nothing will! We believe every child deserves a family. For those children who have no safe options to live with relatives or who are in the process of family-tracing and reintegration, CCT provides family-based foster care with wonderful Khmer families such as the home of Sa
For most of their lives, sisters Ary* and Chariya* had been living in a government-run orphanage, and without the individual care of a loving parent that is so important for a child’s development. Then the girls received a visit at the orphanage from Dalin, one of CCT’s social workers. Dalin had been working with the