Children in orphanages are isolated. 

Children are isolated from their families, their communities and the outside world. They are often hidden inside orphanages, voiceless, segregated and without consideration of the potential support a family might need to stay together.

 

Even when orphanages and institutions are set up with good intentions, care is usually tailored to the needs of the institution, not the child. Staff struggle to cope with high numbers of children, particularly those with complex physical or psychological needs.

Physical contact, even basic care becomes a luxury.

 

Good care has the child’s needs at its heart – whether that’s in a family or a family-like setting. 

 

By closing institutions, supporting children into loving, stable families and working with governments to tackle the root causes of family breakdown, we are working towards a day where orphanages have been eradicated for good.

You can clearly see the difference on the image to the right, between a 3 year old child brain which has been loved and nurtured to that of a child where these neurons have not developed.

This is at the core of TFT's work and why we think it is so important to get children in a safe  and nurturing family environment from an early age to prevent irreparable damage.  

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