Orphanage, the last resort for children
Phnom Penh. It can be disturbing for many, but protection of children need regulations and Cambodia must walk to a full legal context to prevent any possible abuse to vulnerable people. This week the Cambodian government enforced conditions to guarantee the protection of orphans, poor and abandoned children. An orphanage is the last resort to place a child, the rule states. Social workers must see the possibilities that children are taken by their own families or community-base care. The Standards and Guidelines for the protection of vulnerable children are an answer to an Unicef report this year that concluded that from the 12,000 registered children in Cambodian orphanages, three quarters had at least one living parent. The boom of orphanages in Cambodia rises also the question over if it became rather a business than a real work for the welfare of children. If parents and families are too poor in order to grow their own kids, it is better to work for the improvement of the life conditions of those families, rather than separate their children to an orphanage.