This Life Reuniting Families
I believe that children and families do best when they remain together. When circumstances require that children cannot remain with their immediate families, alternative solutions to institutionalization of children should always be sought. Noun Ranny, Senior Case Manager
About the Program
In recent years residential care in Cambodia has been increasingly common and many children have been unnecessarily separated from their families and placed into institutions. The aim of This Life Reuniting Families is to reintegrate children from orphanages with their families and communities. The team uses a strengths based holistic case management system in accordance with international best practice to support this process. This program operates in partnership with the U.S. Aid funded Family Care First Initiative.
What we do
- Provide case management support to children and families who have been separated and wish to be reunited.
- Work closely with government partners who oversee and manage reintegration of children in accordance with government regulations.
- Develop and deliver training to Cambodian social workers on best practice reintegration of children and families. This aims to improve the quality of this critical support across Cambodia.
- 48,775 children live in residential care institutions in Cambodia (Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; 2017)
- 77% of children living in residential care have at least one living parent
- 30% of children to be reintegrated into families from residential care institutions by 2019 (Committment of the Cambodian government)