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Global level initatives on children's care

The New York Working Group on Children without Parental Care

BCN is acting as co-convener with SOS Villages International of the New York Working Group on Children without Parental Care of the NGO Committee on UNICEF. The main objective of the Working Group is to disseminate and promote the implementation of the Guidelines on Alternative Care of Children.

The Working Group members are: BCN, SOS Villages International, International Movement ATD Fourth World, Family For Every Child, International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, UNICEF, Plan International and the Child Protection in Crisis Network (CPC). Meetings are held every quarter, or more frequently in preparation of events.

The specific objectives of the Working Group include:

Further information about initiatives of the NY Working Group, please click here.

The Geneva Working Group on Children Without Parental Care

Formerly established as a Working Group under the NGO Group for the CRC in Geneva, the Geneva Working Group  on Children Without Parental Care is now a thematic Working Group under Child Rights Connecta registered network of 80 national and international NGOs committed to all children fully enjoying their rights as defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

For more information about the Geneva Working Group Without Parental Care, please click here.


Regional level initiatives on children's care

UNICEF's Regional Office for Central, Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RO CEE/CIS) coordinates and supervises UNICEF’s work in 22 countries and entities to ensure that no child is left out in our efforts to realize their rights. The Regional Office advocates at regional level for investment in children and for children-centred social policies.

Child Care Reform is a major goal of the Regional Office's child protection work and the website contains a wealth of information from both country and regional levels. The Regional Office has also joined with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2011 to issue a Call to Action urging Governments throughout Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia to put an end to sending children below three years, including children with disabilities, into institutional care. Child reform resources including reports by country is also provided on this site.

The Transformative Monitoring for Enhanced Equity (TransMonEE) Database captures a vast range of data relevant to social and economic issues relevant to the situation and wellbeing of children, young people and women in countries of Central Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of independent States (CEE/CIS).  

The 2013 version of the database contains over 400 social and economic indicators divided into 11 topics (Population, Marriage and Divorce, Fertility, Mortality, Health, Education, Child Protection, Crime, Social Protection, Child-wellbeing, Economics). Data collected and analysed including relevant data on children's right to a family environment.

Data generally covers the period 1989-2010/11; Most disaggregated data are presented since 2000/2005.

 Coordinated by Eurochild and Hope and Homes for Children, the Opening Doors campaign operates at EU level and in 12 countries across Europe, calling on the EU and national governments to prioritize the transition from institutional to family-based care. 

 RELAF (Latin American Foster Care Network, for the Right to community and family- based care for children and adolescents) has promoted and supported the work of NGOs and governments to make the Right of every child to live in a family and a community a reality since 2003. Its objective is to strengthen the network of regional stakeholders and influence the decisions of government authorities of all the branches and policy-makers to: contribute to the de-institutionalization of children and promoting foster care as a form of alternative care, and to prevent the separation of children from their families of origin. Its actions have an effect in the whole region, and it has carried out training and technical cooperation activities “on the field” for hundreds of NGOs and governments in 31 cities of 15 countries. It also elaborates pieces of research on the subject and has held international conferences (2007, 2009 y 2010) that had the participation of nearby 2000 attendants from 23 countries, and almost 100 exhibitions. 


National level initiatives on children's care


Website from the Ghana Department of Social Welfare with documentation about the National Plan of Action for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, the Government's Care Reform Initiative and ongoing efforts to move away from resdidential care for children.

Alternative Care Initiatives is a small NGO recently established to respond to the growing need in Uganda to support government and civil society organisations to develop and implement Alternative Care solutions, i.e. family-based placements for children outside of parental care, in line with the Ugandan Children's Act, the Alternative Care Framework and international best practices for child care placements.

The Taskforce is a body promoting non-institutional forms of child care system in the State of Orissa. It has come into existence since March 2009 from a workshop organized by Youth Council for Development Alternatives (YCDA) on Alternative Forms of care for the Children without parental care. The workshop was attended by a cross section of organizations working on different approaches on child care issues in the state along with W&CD and Unicef.  A six member committee has been formed to take this issue further. YCDA has been given the responsibility to coordinate and explore further possibilities of working on the issue. 

The first national chapter of the Better Care Network was launched in the Netherlands in November 2007. BCN Netherlands (BCNN) was formed by international nongovernmental organizations and donors in the Netherlands with the aim of raising awareness about appropriate forms of alternative care among the Dutch groups and organizations. The chapter is coordinated by a part-time coordinator, Ms. Bep van Sloten, who can be reached at

Since 2008, RELAF has carried out cooperation activities with the “Center of Adoptions” of the Paraguayan childhood governmental body. The different actors that work towards the fulfillment of de-institutionalization processes have created a Paraguay foster care network, which is made up of civil society organizations: NGOs Corazones por la Infancia and Enfoque Niñez, and the childhood government authority, represented by the “Center of Adoptions” of the Paraguayan childhood governmental body. For more information about the network, see also: 

This network was launched in April 2012 with support from RELAF and UNICEF.  Key actors of civil society and the Government of the country met at the “Teatro Solís” of Montevideo to be part of the event. For more information in English about the Network, please see: