Copyright: Martin Punaks 2019

  • Martin Punaks

The Orphan Myth: the global movement to end institutionalisation



"Helping orphans and supporting orphanages is almost synonymous with what it means to be compassionate. At least this is the perception in popular culture. But what if it turned out that most children living in orphanages are not in fact orphans? What if there was evidence that supporting orphanages can actually harm children? As bizarre as this notion may sound, it is actually true."


This is an article I was asked to write for Olbios Network for Action. It is a short and concise summary of the problems with orphanages and institutions, and the global solution known as 'deinstitutionalisation' or 'care reform'. It can be accessed here.