In Turkey, services for children in need of protection has traditionally been carried out via family and community-based services with the contributions of civil society. The process of de-institutionalization started in 2005. Since then, the Government has made great efforts to close the institutional model by replacing it with children’s homes, foster family and adoption models. In the last decade, returning to the biological families with the financial support given, the number of children staying in institutional care has been reduced significantly.
This report by Hayat Sende provides a comprehensive summary of the situation and the way ahead for the Turkish child protection system.