It is a well-known, accepted, and scientifically proven fact that babies need love, attention, affection, and touch, to thrive. The first years of life have a direct and measurable impact on a child’s physical, mental and emotional growth and an infant’s brain will triple in size from birth to 3 years of age. Early institutionalisation leads to profound deficits and delays in cognitive development in comparison to children who are brought up in family homes whether fostered or adopted. An infant needs to develop a relationship with at least one primary caregiver (a parent or parent substitute) for social and emotional development to occur normally.
National Family Reintegration Program
FACE works on a national level.
FACE helped to improve the law.
FACE has been lobbying with the government since 2010 on the negative impact of adopting a child after 2 years old and initiated a change in the law. Today the adoption age has decreased from 2 years to 3 months increasing bonding between newborns and their foster family.
unnecessary and automatic institutionalisation
by assessing and supporting the families
foster care families
(Kafala) for adoption
into their family or a foster family
with the families
continuously supporting them when necessary
child abandonment and placement in institutions
through increasing awareness
for family placement