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As you read this, millions of children are separated from their families, living in institutions or on the streets. Many survive with substandard care, unloved and at risk – all of them dreaming of a family. In the worst cases, the institutional environment exposes children to devastating abuse and psychological trauma, creating adults who are 10x more likely to become sex workers and 50x more likely to be in prison.
But, we are also in the midst of a profound paradigm shift. Efforts are being made to reform foster care systems, support families before separation occurs and reunite families where preventable separation has occurred. We all know children everywhere deserve better.
The movement has begun and Miracle Foundation India is on the front line.
Our work in the past was grounded in helping vulnerable children in need to have a better quality of life but has evolved to also ensure that every child has an opportunity to grow up in a family. We’ve learned that children who are separated from their families yearn to go back and feel the love and belonging a family can offer. At Miracle Foundation India, our vision is a family for every child in our lifetime.
In order to ensure a family for every child, we have two core initiatives:
We prevent children from entering Child Care Institutions
Every day around the world, social workers, caregivers, and government officials make decisions that impact millions of vulnerable children. We provide these “front line” workers with highly specialized training and educational resources, highlighting alternatives to Institutional care and allowing them to identify and support at-risk children long before separation is ever necessary.
We re-integrate children with families
We know children do not belong in institutional care; they belong in families. We also know that each child’s journey back to the family is unique. As we lead the transition of children away from institutions, our job is to make sure this work is done in a safe, stable, and permanent way.
How We Measure Success
Our proprietary Thrive Scale TM Methodology allows us to measure progress and assess risk at every stage of our work. Developed over a decade, this one-of-a-kind tool is taking the guesswork out of orphaned and vulnerable children’s care and has propelled Miracle Foundation India into a global non - profit organisation for children.