Hope and Homes for Children
Hope and Homes for Children was the creation of two extraordinary individuals who believed that every child had the right to grow up in a loving family. Today, the organisation that Mark and Caroline Cook started at their kitchen table in Wiltshire in 1994, is at the forefront of a growing global movement to eradicate the institutional care of children.
Hope and Homes for Children is a global expert in the field of deinstitutionalisation. By closing institutions, supporting children into loving, stable families and working with governments to tackle the root causes of family breakdown, they are working towards a day where orphanages have been eradicated for good.
To be the catalyst for the global eradication of institutional care for children.
To achieve this we work together with civil society organisations, governments and funders and in partnership with children, their families and communities to develop institution-free child protection systems.
The key focus of their advocacy is to change the hearts and minds of policy makers and others who have authority to act and take decisions that will improve children’s lives.
A world in which children no longer suffer institutional care.
How they work
Hope and Homes for Children is working alongside governments and civil society organisations in over 30 countries to dismantle orphanage-based care systems. Their transformation model is driving reform and laying the foundations for long-lasting change.
They work with political leaders to create the environment for comprehensive and sustainable reform.
Through pioneering closures and training of child protection professionals and policy makers they build know-how in country.
They work with governments and civil society organisations to build a strong, educated national social workforce.
They create the right conditions for multilateral funders to invest in the transition to family-based care systems.
Their advocacy contributes to creating the key conditions for change across all countries and regions where they operate, securing high-level political will, generating evidence and know-how, strengthening civil society and mobilising resources for child-protection reform.
They achieve this in a number of ways:
- they use evidence from their demonstration projects to show governments and civil society organisations that deinstitutionalisation can work and to advocate for change on a bigger scale
- they lobby to influence the process of law and policy-making and we closely monitor their implementation
- they strengthen their partners’ capacity to advocate effectively and they build critical mass by establishing national and international alliances
- they unify the voices of individuals and organisations that share the goal of eradicating institutional care through their global campaigns
- they target global influencers such as the European Union, UN agencies and development donors, to secure their support and mobilise resources
- they work in partnership with international bodies in Geneva, Brussels and New York to exchange knowledge and secure a place on the agenda for the global eradication of institutional care of childrenSee more