Keeping Kids in Families.
ACC International are committed to protecting each child’s right to be nurtured and raised in a loving family. To this end, we developed the Kinnected program, which seeks to take a proactive approach to scaling down the use of residential care and assisting children within the context of their families.
To reduce the over reliance on residential care, we need to apply good practice and scale back institutional services, and increase the availability of non-institutional child welfare services. Implementing this transition is a complex process called ‘deinstitutionalisation’.
Poverty should never be the only justification for the removal of a child from parental care, rather a signal to provide support for the family (UN Guidelines on Alternative Care).
The plight of vulnerable children stirs many good-hearted people to volunteer within programs that assist children such as orphanages and shelters. Without careful consideration our good intentions often contribute to the exploitation and vulnerability of the children we seek to help. For this reason Kinnected calls for an end to orphanage tourism and volunteering and advocates for ethical alternatives.
As a donors it is important to know that the programs we support are operating lawfully and according to good practice that protects children's rights, including their right to be raised in a family.
This includes ensuring that the orphanage is legitimately a last resort option for children and is not actively recruiting children and separating families unnecessarily.