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Immersive Simulation Lab: Transition to family-based care in India

27 february 2020


"The transition of CCIs to FBC helps promote the NGO sector. There are some great ideas coming from the workshop which will strengthen family services access"

Vikas Sawant, UNICEF

On Thursday 27 February 2020, a unique event took place in Pune: an immersive simulation lab that allowed child protection allies in Maharashtra a hands-on look at transitioning from a system relying on child care institutions (CCIs; orphanages) to a system based on a range of family-based care (FBC) and family strengthening services. This was the first pilot of this conference model in South Asia and our report below shows it to have been a huge success!

Snehalaya's credibility allowed us to approach the Maharashtra Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) and secure Chair, Pravin Ghuge’s support. Another important party in this venture was Children’s Emergency Relief International (CERI)’s Global Director of Advocacy, Ian Forber-Pratt, who is one of the people involved in drafting the guidelines for FBC at the national and state level. Mr Forber-Pratt has been providing Snehalaya with guidance on the move towards family-based care over the preceding 18 months.


The conference format was secured by a globally-offered model by CAFO, in partnership with Hope and Homes for Children and the Faith to Action.

"Most of the concepts about FBC were clarified"

CWC Member

read the conference report

who thought FBC was impossible at the start of the day changed their mindset to view it as do-able by the end of the simulation lab


immersive simulation lab: the workbook

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immersive simulation lab: the program

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watch founder of family based solutions,
florence Koenderink's  

worksheets from the case study 

view Ian's opening remarks & highlights from the

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