In response to the growing body of evidence highlighting harm to children living in residential or institutional care overseas, AVI’s Position on Residential Care for Children brings together a significant body of work, noting engagement with ‘Re-Think Orphanages’, the Australian Council for International Development's (ACFID) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
As an organisation, AVI is committed to implementing a "child's right's based approach," which acknowledges the family as, when possible, the optimal vehicle to give care. The paper outlines AVI's position to proactively supporting organisations that are re-thinking traditional models of children’s care and supporting transitions towards family/community-based alternatives. AVI will be unable to support or engage with any entity that continues to involve or is involved with traditional models of residential care institutions for children as a part of our practice.
For more information on AVI's position, see the paper in full here.