Opening Doors, Pan-European De-Institutionalisation Campaign

A safe and loving family environment is the best place for a child to thrive.

The Opening Doors for Europe’s Children campaign aimed to strengthen families and end institutional care.

The campaign was a partnership between 5 international organisations and networks: Eurochild, Hope and Homes for Children, the International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO), the European branch of the International Federation of Educative Communities (FICE Europe), and SOS Children’s Villages International.

The campaign ran 16 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, and Ukraine.

The campaign contributed to the prioritisation of child protection reforms and deinstitutionalisation in several countries: Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine.  These countries are seeing fewer children placed in institutional care and increased provision of family-based foster.

The campaign contributed to the EU including deinstitutionalisation reforms in its monitoring of social and economic reforms. The future EU budget is expected to specifically target resources to support the transition from institutional to family-and community-based care and promote social inclusion.

Read the final report.

Zuzana Konradova, Thematic Coordinator - Children in Alternative Care, Eurochild

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