what we do

Giving children back their lives

Giving children back their lives

Children living in institutions are deprived of the right to grow up in a family. Deinstitutionalisation (DI) is the way to restore that right.

There are an estimated 64,000 children in Malaysia living in institutions because they are poor, disabled, mentally challenged or for other medical and social reasons. Many newborns continue to be abandoned.

With support from the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development and its partners OrphanCare is implementing a process called ‘Deinstitutionalisation’ (DI) to help children be assimilated into families, get access to education, quality health care and the support and protection of their communities.

Our work

There are three facets to our work

Deinstitutionalisation

  • Deinstitutionalise children who are now in orphanages and reintegrate them with families and the community
  • Provide social workers and counselling services to facilitate this reintegration
  • Arrange for children who cannot be reintegrated with their families to be adopted
  • Galvanise stakeholders to give children access to health, education and social care

Community services  

  • Our services include a baby hatch, counselling for birth mothers and parent training for adoptive and prospective parents
  • We arrange adoptions for birth mothers who choose an adoption plan
  • OrphanCare is working to develop a foster care programme
  • We also run a reproductive health awareness programme to help young people better understand the risks and consequences of premarital sex and to make informed choices
  • We equip staff and volunteers with the knowledge, skills and tools to build capacity in the areas of adoption, fostering and child care

Advocacy

  • Promoting awareness that orphanages are not the best place for children. We advocate government, private and public engagement to build an alternative in the form of family and community based child care
  • Implementing a tried and tested DI strategy to transform outdated institutional care systems into effective family and community-based care services.
  • Expertise to help orphanages build the capacity needed to effectively transition to family and community based care
  • Advocate changes in government policy and legislation

Core values & principles

OrphanCare’s mission is rooted in core values and principles. These fundamental values provide the purpose, perspective and motivation to transform lives and make a difference.

Our values

  • Care
    Everything is centred around the best interests of the child and well-being of those we serve
  • Integrity
    We value the dignity of human life and the Rights of the Child as mooted by UNHCR
  • Ethical
    Provide ethical and legal adoptions
  • Impartial
    Provide non-judgmental service to clients
  • Respect
    Respect and serve all ethnic communities
    Treat all our clients with respect and strict confidentiality
  • Professional
    Our adoption and baby hatch services follow international best practice
  • Teamwork/ collaboration
    We believe in consultation and collaboration, volunteerism and using community assets to help that community
    Teamwork is key to our success

Guiding principles

Work collaboratively
Build and strengthen capacity
Engage stakeholders
Develop strategies from evidence based research
Maintain best practices and high ethical standards
Engage youth and marginalised groups
Respect cultural values and confidentiality