UNICEF estimated that more than 153 million children globally have lost one or both parents. Over 8 million children around the world live in care institutions. At least 80% of these have one or both parents who are alive. Many children are in danger of becoming unnecessarily separated from their families, while many more are in need of alternative care. Children separated from families or in care institutions are subject to higher risks of exploitation, abuse and violence.

2014 UN General Assembly Resolution on the Rights of the Child

Recalling these facts and figures, 40 non-governmental organisations and networks have signed an Appeal calling upon member States of the UN General Assembly to focus the 2014 UN General Assembly Resolution on the Rights of the Child on strengthening family care and providing appropriate alternative care for children.

Terre des Hommes International Federation has endorsed the Appeal, convinced that a UN Resolution on family care to be adopted at the 2014 UN General Assembly can bring an added-value in improving laws and policies that stengthen the capacities of parents and caregivers to better care and protect children. As recalled by the Appeal, progress made by States in such laws and policy are to be evaluated in the light of the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2009.

Read and download the Appeal Calling for a focus on strengthening family care and providing appropriate alternative care for children in the 2014 UNGA resolution on the rights of the child: NGOs Appeal on 2014 UNGA child rights resolution

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