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Why are organizations moving away from residential models of care?

Why are organizations moving away from residential models of care?

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All over the world, organizations are transitioning away from traditional models of care like an orphanage or children’s home and are moving towards family or community-based care models. Here are a few reasons why an organization may be motivated to change their model of care.

Reasons for transitioning models

    Many leaders and organizations have moved to family-based care because they were persuaded by the research and outcomes being seen for adults who grew up in care. Research shows children do better in families, and we are seeing the pressing need for family.  
    Care reform is taking place in different countries on different timelines. Some governments have already made the mandate to end orphanages and children’s homes, others have made the commitment to get there, and the rest will catch up soon. For some organizations, change came too fast and due to the mandate – were forced to close. For other organizations, they found ways to serve their communities in new ways. Find out examples in ‘Envisioning Future’.
    Any time that an organization decides to take over the responsibility for a child outside of their family, they are assuming a huge amount of risk. While that child is in your care, you are responsible for what happens to them and that includes at your facility. As many know, t
    he risk involved providing residential care cannot be expressed enough. Different abuses may occur between staff and children, peer to peer, or children and foreigners. If you are working with children who have previously experienced homelessness, sexual abuse, violence, or exploitation, the risks are exponentially higher. Working with children coming from extremely adverse experiences requires intensive education and social work training.
    Did you know that residential care can be 5-10 times more expensive than supporting children in families? Imagine how much farther our money would go if instead of supporting individual children, it supported entire families?

Learn more on JOURNEYHOME

Access one of our free courses called ‘Core Concepts’ to learn more about the rationale behind the family reunification movement, identify some of the barriers and challenges to transitioning, and explore the evidence for why children do best in families.