In 2011, ACCIR established the Kinnected program, becoming one of only a handful of organisations worldwide to holistically tackle orphanage deinstitutionalisation and transition children back into families. In the years since, we’ve observed many key trends in the motivations and dynamics of both institution directors and donors. These lessons, along with many others, mean we can often anticipate just how a transition might unfold. Our work, especially in Myanmar, has also taught us how to develop the safest and most effective strategy possible for carrying out this work.
In order to share these lessons with others, we’ve been working in partnership with the Better Care Network to develop a ‘Transitioning Models of Care’ tool. The tool, which was completed in 2020, provides vital information for organisations working in, or seeking to commence, transition support. It also offers a unique scoring system to help organisations identify the best recommendations for their context so they can develop a tailored strategy.
We see a real need for this tool given the rising number of organisations around the world now doing transition support. While many have the knowledge and experience to carry out this work, others are approaching deinstitutionalisation and transition through a narrow lens. We are passionate about equipping this new wave of transition support agencies and see this tool as a launching pad for wider engagement and coaching in this area.
In fact, we’ve already begun sharing it! In late 2020, 120 practitioners from 27 countries attended an introductory webinar about the tool. Our hope is that many other organisations around the world will start using this tool in the years to come, so that more children can realise their right to a family.