Opening Doors for Europe's Children Campaign info for DI Launch in EP - June 2013.pdf

The ‘Opening Doors for Europe’s Children’ campaign ( led by Eurochild and Hope and Homes for Children was launched on 6 June, 2013 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The campaign seeks to achieve significant progress in policy, legislation and funding at EU and national levels to dismantle institutional care systems and ensure that children are no longer separated from their parents as a consequence of poverty and social exclusion. The campaign is being implemented at EU and national level, in partnership with organisations from 12 European Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.

The briefing for the campaign underlines that the new EU budget 2014-2020 and the European Commission Recommendation ‘Investing in children, breaking the cycle of disadvantage’ create a unique momentum to eventually eradicate institutional care for children across Europe. Structural funds and EU accession funds can inject necessary funds to support systemic reforms that will transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and families across Europe.

The ‘Opening Doors’ campaign is being implemented in partnership with national coordinators from 12 European Countries: 
Hope and Homes for Children (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 
National Network for Children (Bulgaria) 
Igale Lapsele Pere (Estonia) 
Roots Research Center (Greece) 
Family, Child, Youth Association (Hungary) 
SOS Children’s Villages (Latvia) 
Human Rights Monitoring Institute (Lithuania) 
CCF (Moldova), Our Home Association (Poland) 
Hope and Homes for Children (Romania) 
Mental Disability Rights Initiative (Serbia) 
Hope and Homes for Children (Ukraine) 

The Campaign leaders and the national coordinators are committed to developing national partnerships and alliances with like-minded organizations and initiatives, such as the UNICEF Call for Action ‘End placing children under 3 in institutions’.

To learn more about the campaign and its launch, click on the document above.