Project: Asia

Asia Care Network, South East Asia

Asia Care Network is a platform that promotes best practise in understanding and promotion of alternative care solutions across South East Asia.

There are approximately 2.7 million vulnerable children worldwide living in institutional care. In 2009, the UN General Assembly adopted the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, which included that: alternative care for young children, especially those under the age of 3 years, should be provided in family-based settings.

While this is endorsed and actively practised across Europe, America and Australasia – progress in Asia is much slower.

Funding from the Nippon Foundation has allowed us set up the South East Asia Network, which is formed of representatives from eleven countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan.

Collectively, we’ve developed a five-year roadmap for developing foster care and now aim to seed fund other groups to deliver the plan.

We’ve held two annual Asia Care Network summits in Jakarta, Indonesia and Bangkok, Thailand – bringing together practitioners, academics and government ministers to help drive forward the conversation around developing solutions to problems the child care sector is currently facing.

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