Institutionalization is damaging
It is scientifically proven that institutionalization is damaging to children and their development 2. Every child has individual needs, wishes and a personal story. Institutions cannot provide the personalized care, attention and love that every child needs to develop well, and thus cannot cater to his or her individual needs or serve in his or her best interest – the leading principle of Children’s Rights. Institutions operate in ways which conflict basic principles of human prosperity and proper human development: they are impersonal, impose a rigid routine, lack attachment and affection, and do not allow the individual care and attention indispensable for a child to thrive. They also refrain from cultivating a relationship with the child’s biological family, whenever this is in the best interest of the child.