Thomson Reuters Foundation, in partnership with UBS Optimus Foundation, aims to raise awareness across three key regions (Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East Africa) of the negative impact of inappropriate institutional care for children. This programme will stimulate public debate, increase the level of understanding of the negative impacts of "voluntourism" and child protection in care systems and contribute to policy change.
For years, conventional wisdom held that the best place to care for an orphan or an abandoned or mistreated child was in an institution. Charities and religious groups followed a similar logic.
Today, that thinking has started to change.
Historic abuse or neglect in institutions, adoption scandals, fake orphanages and the experiences of children themselves have given policy makers and professionals alike pause for thought.
Champions of an alternative approach cite decades of research which says children belong in families not in institutions. Personalities such as Harry Potter author J.K.Rowling have thrown their star power behind the campaign.
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