A Family Environment For Every Child

  • Haiti
  • Goal 3: Good Health And Well-Being
  • Goal 2: Zero hunger
  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice ans Strong Institutions
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

In brief

Makes family reintegration possible for children living in Haïtian orphanages, so that every child has the chance to live in a safe family environment.

The challenges

In Haiti, more than 25,000 children live in nearly 750 orphanages mainly managed and financed by private organizations. It is estimated that at least 140 of these institutions provide extremely harmful living conditions where children are at serious risk of violence, exploitation, abuse, neglect, and even death.

In addition, according to recent research, 80% of children living in orphanages have at least one living relative and almost all have a known extended family member. However, poverty, the lack of access to basic services, as well as the desire to provide education, end up driving parents to place their children in orphanages.
Following the closure of some orphanages by Haitian child protection authorities, children were transferred to a public transit center. The needs of these children are very important, both in terms of nutrition due to the malnutrition suffered in their previous placement, and in terms of developing an individual family life project, which remains the priority. Unfortunately, these children are most often redirected to other orphanages, as family reintegration and foster care remain limited for the moment due to a lack of means and time. However, the Haitian authorities' priority is to reunite the children with their families or to promote foster care if a return to a family is not possible.

Action and Impact

According to the UN Guidelines on Alternative Care for Children, placing a child in an orphanage should be a measure of last resort. We are convinced that many separated children in Haiti could benefit from better care and, where possible, a return to their families. For this to happen, professionals must combine their efforts at different levels to guarantee the right of children to live in a safe and stable family environment.

In order to promote the family reintegration of children separated from their families, we are working closely with the Haitian authorities. In this context, we are helping to develop a standardized procedure for family reintegration, and we are training staff within the authorities, both social workers and transit center staff, in the concrete implementation of individual reintegration plans.

Social work to facilitate family reintegration is encouraged: each individual case is assessed and documented to determine whether it is safe and in the best interest of the child to return home.

Staying connected with the family of origin is promoted, as well as the preparation of the child and his or her family. A partnership with Haitian civil society organizations will also support and empower families and communities to provide the optimal level of care for their children once reintegrated.

Time is running out for each of these vulnerable children. Your support is essential to the implementation of a quality system reaching thousands of Haitian children in orphanages. Children only grow up once, and every day counts to ensure a better future for them.

Tax deduction possible in the following countries : Switzerland

Partners : IBESR- Institut du Bien-Etre Social et de Recherches Embassy of France in Haiti - SPOON

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