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ISS has a long-standing experience visiting institutions and orphanages in over 20 countries, and two key issues were regularly observed:
Research also indicates that residential care can have a devastating impact on a child brain development leading to life-long negative implications. Even well-intentioned and well-managed institutions can never replace the love, support and stability that children need to form secure attachments that are critical for their overall development.
ISS is convinced that numerous children, including children with disabilities, cared for in institutions could also get a chance to live in a family environment by combining efforts from professionals and officials at different levels and targeted training.
Through its global project, A better future is possible, ISS aims to strengthen the capacity of staff in orphanages, families, and communities to improve the care for children, with a specific focus on children with disabilities (CWD), so they can be successfully placed with their family and community. Healthy and well-cared children are more likely to be reunited with their family or adopted, hence their daily care must improve. The project strengthens the staff's capacity to learn and implement social work activities as well as to improve daily care, nutrition and feeding practices.
Furthermore, families and communities need to be supported and empowered so that they can provide the optimal level of care for their children.
We also assist governments in our partner countries in their care reform to progressively phase out residential care institutions and promote family setting for all children (including CWD) through family reintegration and family-based care. A better future is possible is currently being implemented in the following countries: Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cambodia, Vietnam and Haiti.
"Once you have built a care system for children with disabilities, you have built a system for all children."
In each partner country, we have two main objectives:
Since 2014, we are piloting groundbreaking projects that are designed to be sustainable and standardised by national decisions makers and practitioners: