Standing strong against COVID-19

Values to an organization are like the conscience to an individual which guides one’s belief, thinking, behaviour and actions.Compassion – Inspire – Respect – Competence – Accountability acronymed as CIRCA are the core values at Udayan Care. These very values are reflected in our way of getting involved and work with our employees, donors and most importantly our beneficiaries and bring us closer to our vision of 'Making Young Lives Shine'.The recent times have been challenging for everyone across the globe. The multifaceted crisis which came along with the pandemic outbreak has outrageously impacted individuals, institutions, organizations, businesses commonly and differently all over the world. Loss of employment, the shutdown of industries, depleting economy, fear of losing lives etc. which continued to progress during these unprecedented times has affected people financially, psychologically, emotionally and physically.Under these circumsta…
Deinstitutionalisation and the Best Interest of the Child: The Case of Rwanda and Lessons for South Asia
What Is ‘Deinstitutionalisation’?
In simple terms, DI is a move away from institutional care to more suitable forms of care for children, whether in family of origin or in alternative care. Much more complex in practice, what it entails is encapsulated in the Necessity and Suitability principles of the UN Guidelines.

Although it is the latter that often steals the limelight in DI processes, preventing the need for alternative care—institutional care in particular—is as critical to render the DI process complete.
The ‘Necessity Principle’, within the context of DI, denotes measures taken to prevent children from losing parental care and falling into the care of institutions, which is often the inevitable in countries where institutions may be the only form of alternative care available.
The ‘Suitability Principle’ entails finding the care option that is the ‘most appropriate to each chil…
Multiple Attachments of OSCs in Residential Care

Attachment research has shown that favourable child–caregiver attachment patterns established early in life can contribute to a number of positive outcomes, including higher self-esteem, resilience, and positive perceptions of romantic relationships in adulthood (Cassidy et al., 2013; Laible et al., 2000).

Bowlby and Ainsworth’s foundational attachment theory focuses on construction of these child–caregiver relationships over time, defining secure attachment as an emotional bond that stems from an innate drive and is nurtured by dependability and responsiveness (Flaherty & Sadler, 2011). Longitudinal studies find various stages in the development of attachment to single or multiple caregivers over time (Ainsworth, 1973; Schaffer & Emerson, 1964). 
Schaffer and Emerson (1964) outlined four distinct phases, with the last two being discriminate attachment and multiple attachment; results indicated that from seven to eleven months of a…
In the midst of a storm: Remaining Strong by spreading love, care and hope 
-Voices of Children in Residential Care at Udayan Ghars
Articles in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) associated with children’s right to participate Article 12 : The right to be listened to and taken seriously Article 13 : The right to freedom of expressionArticle 14: The right to freedom of conscience, thought and religion
Article 15: The right to freedom of association Article 16: The right to privacy
Article 17: The right to information
Article 29: The right to an education that promotes respect for human rights and democracy
Article 42: The right to know their rightsCOVID-19 left no one untouched. As we have seen in history before too, such pandemics hit children the most. The unprecedented times, with uncertainty all around and long term lockdowns, touched children’s lives too in many ways. For the millions of children around the world, who are living in residential care, t…
A whisper to the wind…

When I was younger, I was used to wondering about how my childhood would have been within Child Care Institutions (CCI) if I had to live there, and which possibilities would have been offered to me to decide about my future. I was always sensitive about children abuses and neglects that is why, when I had to decide about which type of studies I would like to do, I naturally have chosen to study Human Rights.
During my internship in Udayan Care, while reading reports about the current situation of Aftercare in many Indian states as well as the issues and challenges of Care Leavers (CLs), I discovered the story of Shruthi and her struggles. The upcoming words are a message of hope for her.
At her majority, Shruthi had to leave the Child Care Institution in which she spent 10 years after the death of her parents. She didn’t receive any financial help or any preparation to be able to serenely enter in adulthood. She is reduced now to household activities in her grandpa…