Orphanage or family-based care?

Written by on May 21, 2013 in The Blog with 0 Comments

Is this an orphanage or not?  The website for Asia’s Hope opens with: “Orphaned children need real families, not institutions.” It follows that with a call for family-based care for orphans. Family-based care is what experts all over the world are calling for rather than putting children in orphanages. But does Asia’s Hope really provide family-based care?

Each Asia’s Hope children’s home is based on a family, rather than an institutional model. Asia’s Hope hires a full-time mom and dad for each home.

Wait a minute, “Hires a mom and dad” to live in a “home” (whose home?) within a “community” of other “homes.”  My guess is that these “homes” or “communities” are registered with the government of Cambodia under a more familiar term: orphanage.

Still, there are countless more children who need the kind of help we provide.

This is a model for long term residential care for children. It’s good marketing though not an honest choice of words. Perhaps it’s a step in the right direction compared to other residential models, but it’s not family-based care.




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Andy Gray

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About the Author: Andy Gray hosts and writes for Uniting for Children. He lives in Cambodia with his family where he works with Alongsiders International. He wrote Home, a Cambodian story and created the video “Why Not a Family?.