Lessons Learned and Recommendations to Strengthen Families and End Institutionalisation for Children in Europe

The transition from institutional to family- and community-based care has received growing support from the European Union and its Member States. On one hand, the EU has been issuing policy guidance and allocating significant amounts of EU funds while, on the other hand, countries across Europe are increasingly adopting strategies or action plans to shift away from institutions. More and better family-based care options are available for children unable to grow up with their families of origin.

Since 2013, we have joined forces under the Opening Doors for Europe’s Children campaign to influence and monitor these developments at national and European level, using our expertise from the ground.