The Cambodian Children’s Trust family preservation work keeps families together.
Good intentions, money and the desire to help are essential ingredients for the orphanage tourism industry. But tourists end up becoming agents in the exploitation of children.
Love and affection are as important as food, water and shelter.
Children raised in orphanages often lack a key ingredient for healthy development – love.
Better policies could do a lot to help children orphaned by Ebola.
Governments in West Africa and international aid agencies should help facilitate adoptions locally and provide better health care and education to support entire communities.
In the wake of the Nepal earthquake it’s important people don’t rush in to “rescue” kids who might not in fact be orphaned.
Following the earthquake in 2010, people flocked to Haiti to "rescue" orphaned and lost children. The problem that has since emerged is that many of the "orphans" placed in orphanages and sent for adoption, were not orphaned at all.
The number of orphanages in developing nations has dramatically increased in the past decade, driven by a fraudulent trade in ‘paper orphans’.
IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation
The number of orphanages in developing nations has dramatically increased in the past decade, but where are the "orphans" coming from?
Australian private schools are increasingly taking their senior students to volunteer in orphanages, but they’re doing more harm than good.
Australian private schools are increasingly taking their senior students to volunteer in orphanages, but they're doing more harm than good.