Asia Care Network South East Asia

In 2018 we partnered with the Nippon Foundation to launch the Asia Care Network as a platform to engage practitioners, policy actors, academics and advocates. The network aims to connect these key stakeholders across South-East Asia to promote best practise and champion reform for alternative care.

During the network’s initial development, the foundation undertook an analysis of alternative care provision in Asia and produced a range of country profiles. These profiles highlight that alternative care provision in the region is predominantly institutional. The majority of children without parental care in Asia are growing up in orphanages or residential schools. The United Nations Guidelines on Alternative Care calls on states to shift away from using institutional forms of care and develop family-based forms of care such as fostering. The Asia Care Network aims to provide a forum for academics, policy actors and practitioners who are championing alternative care reform.

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Asia Care Network has held events supported by the Martin James Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand and Jakarta, Indonesia. So far, the network has engaged with representatives from eleven countries, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan. MJF aims to develop the network further by adopting a specific focus on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. We will achieve this by linking established civil society networks in Thailand and Indonesia and then broadening the scope to include groups from across the ASEAN region.