Project information

Care for Children- Supporting Children in Families

Care for Children works with governments to take orphaned and abandoned children out of orphanages and place them into local foster families. Through our innovative and sustainable system of training and seed funding we enable governments in Asia to set up effective family placement programmes.

January 2018 - January 2021

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  • Need


    UNICEF estimate that there are upwards of 8 million children in the world growing up in institutional care. This type of upbringing can seriously harm their cognitive, emotional and physical development. Children who have grown up in institutions also face significant risks of developing anxiety, depression and attention deficit disorders. They are also vulnerable to trafficking, exploitation and becoming involved in criminal activities.


    we aim to solve this problem by working with those governments who are most reliant on institutional care to help them move to a family-based care model. Care for Children is successful because we have a unique approach which is simultaneously top down and grassroots;
    We work closely with high level government officials to advocate real structural change,
    and also work with local orphanage staff, providing them with the training and funding to recruit and support foster carers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Embed family placement programmes in every state-run orphanage in Thailand.


    » Continue to provide training in the 20 institutions we currently partner with across Thailand to enable the recruitment and support of foster carers.

    What success will look like

    We will be able to demonstrate the number of children each of the institutions we work with has been able to place in local family placements.

  • Impact


    The dramatic long term benefits to children of moving out of institutional care and into family based care are evidenced in several longitudinal studies. The transition will also, after the initial outlay, work out cheaper for the government than housing children in institutions. We have seen in previous projects that the former institutions can be repurposed to provide vital services such as medical care and physiotherapy for children in the community.


    The risks to the project could be;
    - Lack of enthusiasm for change within the government.
    Before embarking on any project we ensure the government are fully committed to transitioning to family based care, and that they fully understand the implications of doing so.

    - Safeguarding considerations once children are placed in the community.
    We aim to ensure that all local partners have robust safeguarding controls in place. This also forms part of the training we deliver.


    We are happy to provide half-yearly and yearly reports on how the funding has been spent in Thailand.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £63,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £63,000 Family Placement allowances Providing training & support to orphanages, so they can place orphaned children in families.
  • Background


    Thailand faces many of the social and economic problems associated with development. Only 34% of the population live in cities, it is 13th in the world in terms of number of people living with HIV, it has large numbers of refugees mostly from neighboring Burma, and domestic political unrest including separatist violence in the predominately Malay-Muslim southern provinces.


    The immediate beneficiaries of our project will be orphaned and abandoned children currently looked after in state run institutions. As the project becomes more and more established we hope to see family placement become the predominant form of care for this group.
    As the institutions can be repurposed to benefit the community, as we have seen happen elsewhere, whole communities can benefit.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Care for Children are uniquely positioned to facilitate real structural change in Thailand. We have 18 years experience in China implementing a similar project to great success. We have great relationships with the Thai government at a high level, but we also provide seed funding and training to the front line orphanage staff. We have kept our teams small and agile, targeting our resources to where they can have the biggest impact.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Thomas Abbott

    South East Asia Project Manager. Thomas oversees development across the whole region. He lives in Chiang Mai with his family.

    Jane Arnott

    Country Manager. Jane has lived in Thailand for over 25 years and has herself fostered many local children.