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BICON 2021 - Organisers

Better Care Network

Better Care Network 

Better Care Network (BCN) is an international network of organizations committed to supporting children without adequate family care around the world.  BCN works by fostering collaboration, research and information sharing on family strengthening and alternative care, and advocating for changes to national, regional, and global policies to improve children's care situations. 

BCN was founded in 2003 by Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF) and the Africa Bureau for Sustainable Development of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and Save the Children UK in 2003. The daily work of BCN is supported and implemented by a Secretariat based in New York.

Family for Every Child

Family for Every Child

Family for Every Child is currently made up of 40 local civil society organisations (CSOs) in 36 countries. We believe that by uniting our skills and knowledge, we achieve greater change for children and families worldwide. All our members are deeply-rooted where they work, so their models for change grow directly out of the needs of their unique communities. 

As a united Alliance, we harness the power of all of our members. Together, we deliver collaborative projects that deliver impact and change at a larger scale than our members could do separately. These include global campaigns and advocacy, international research and programme pilots to achieve change in multiple countries . 

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Forget me Not

Forget Me not

With respect, courage and commitment, Forget Me Not honours the rights of every child and, works to ensure children are thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity. We exist to prevent children and young people around the world from being displaced through investing in innovative initiatives that keep children within their families and communities. We grow our impact through leveraging local partnerships on the ground in-country, raising community awareness and advocating for change as we learn.

Hope and Homes for Children

Hope and Homes for Children

Orphanages don’t protect children, they harm them. And for children without family, there is always a better option than an orphanage.

We are global experts in deinstitutionalisation. Our programmes around the world, including in India and Nepal, are closing institutions, supporting children into loving, stable homes and empowering communities to care for their children.  We advocate for childcare reform and systems strengthening at a national and international level.

We are working towards a day where orphanages have been eliminated for good.

Always family. Never orphanages. 

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Lumos is fighting for every child’s right to a family by transforming care systems around the world. We are an international charity striving for a future where every child is raised in a safe, loving home, supported by family to help them thrive.

On average more than 80% of children in orphanages have living parents, and research proves that these institutions can harm a child’s growth and development. Yet there are still an estimated 5.4 million children trapped in institutions globally.

Lumos sheds light on the root causes of family separation – poverty, conflict and discrimination – and demonstrates that children can safely be united with families. By working with governments to reform care systems, and by building global expertise and capacity with partners, we ensure no child is forgotten.

Founded by author J.K. Rowling, we are lighting a path to a brighter future where all children can grow up in a safe and loving family.

We believe in a family for all children. We are Lumos.

Save the Children

Save the Children

Founded in 1919, Save the Children is a child rights organisation committed to ensuring that children survive, thrive and are protected. Save the Children works in 117 countries, made up of 29 national members. Save the Children has a long history working in Asia, with the regional office based in Singapore, and has country offices and members across the region. In every programme, we aim to develop and provide evidence-based, replicable solutions to the problems children face and achieve results at scale through expanding effective and sustainable approaches, campaigning for better practices and policies to fulfil children’s rights and ensure that children’s voices are heard and amplified, and building better partnerships with children, communities, governments, civil society and private sector organisations to influence others and increase our impact.

SOS Children's Villages

SOS Children’s Villages

SOS Children's Villages, founded in 1949 by Hermann Gmeiner, is the world's largest non-governmental organisation focused on supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it.

Locally led, we work in more than 130 countries and territories to strengthen families who are under pressure so they can stay together.

Together with partners, donors, communities, children, young people and families, we enable children to grow up with the bonds they need to develop and become their strongest selves. We speak up for each child’s rights and advocate for change so all children can grow up in a supportive environment.

Guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, we always work in the best interests of the child.

Udayan Care

Udayan care

Registered in 1994 as a Public Charitable Trust, Udayan Care works to empower vulnerable children, women, and youth, in 27 cities across 15 states of India. Udayan Care accords the highest importance to child and youth participation and encouraging their direct voices to be heard. In 27 years, we have directly impacted the lives of about 30,000 children, women, and youth as beneficiaries, in our direct support programmes on alternative care, education &  livelihoods, as well as thousands as indirect beneficiaries through our advocacy, research, publications and training programmes as indirect beneficiaries through our advocacy, research, publications and training programmes. Udayan Care has recently concluded a seminal research on Aftercare in India. The research has initiated a much-needed discourse on the need for robust Aftercare Programming among different stakeholders in India including Care Leavers and has been widely appreciated nationally and internationally. Post this research, we are also piloting demonstrable evidence building projects on Alternative Care in different states of India, with a focus on transition planning and aftercare. Efforts are also being made to bring Care Leavers together as peer-support networks in different states of India.

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