The problem

Why children are institutionalised

Poverty is the root cause

  • financial and debt problems
  • inadequate housing
  • unemployment
  • marital problems
  • low education level
  • parenting is too difficult for single parents
  • health problems including addiction
  • lack of family and community support
  • unable to obtain citizenship for their child
  • unable to care for children with disabilities
  • transportation issues
  • lack of educational opportunities for children
  • stigma from children born out of wedlock
  • runaways from abuse and violence at home