Hope and Homes for Children (HHC), Romania

Hope and Homes for Children works to close Romanian state-run institutions and move children into family-based care. It helps keep together families at risk of breakdown due to the pressures of poverty, disease or conflict and works to prevent child abandonment. As the leaders in deinstitutionalization in Romania, HHC has helped to close over 47 institutions, allowing more than 12,600 children to move to loving family environments.

HHC aims not only to close state institutions by moving each individual child into a caring family environment but also to change outdated attitudes to childcare policy and practice. HHC helps local governments put in place the alternative care systems that prevent children from entering institutions in the first place and it is estimated they have saved as many as 5,500 children through this work.

HHC’s pioneering work has become a model for closing institutions, one which has been recognized by international experts, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization, as best practice in the field. Grants from Mrs. Safra and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation will help HHC close all state-run institutions in Romania by 2020.

To learn more please visit the project website: www.hopeandhomes.org.

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