Changing the Way We Care: MacArthur Foundation 100&Change Competition

Why this Matters

Millions of children live in residential care facilities, often known as “orphanages”; however, 80-90% of these children have a living parent! Through research we know that children living in loving nurturing families have better outcomes than those who grow up in residential care. 

The Changing the Way We Care project aims to prevent children from entering residential care in the first place and for those already in care the project will seek to reintegrate children with their own or other supportive families.  We will do this by:

  1. supporting parents/caregivers to be able to care for their children;
  2. helping orphanage staff transition to providing family and community services; and
  3. working with donors to direct their philanthropy towards supporting children in families as opposed to residential care. 

80% to 90% of children living in orphanages have a living parent