Children Without Parents Feel The Adverse Impact Of COVID-19


Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta (July 24, 2020) - SOS Children’s Villages is organizing a virtual forum on July 28, 2020 for the South East Asian countries to put a spotlight on the challenges faced by children without or at risk of losing parental care due to COVID 19. The forum titled “COVID-19 Response towards the Alternative Care of Children in South East Asia” would go live on Zoom at 3:00-4:00 PM Philippine time. The participating countries are Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The forum will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on children in alternative care, care-leavers, and caregivers; good practices and lessons learned in responding to and managing the COVID-19 crisis; and moving forward with alternative care in the “new normal.” Through the forum, we aim to bring together inter-governmental bodies such as the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), governmental agencies/policymakers such as the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) of Vietnam, civil society stakeholders like Child Rights Coalition (CRC) and Association of Child Caring Agencies of the Philippines (ACCAP), partners and advocates such as Step Ahead Foundation, private sector stakeholders and donors, media, and the public. To join the forum, register at

Children and youth in alternative care, care-leavers, and caregivers will share their experiences of living through the pandemic, while representatives from government agencies and civil society groups across the South East Asian region will share examples of the responses to and management of the pandemic.

The children and young people have faced enormous strain on physical and mental health, lack of access to education, government services, and participation in activities relevant to them. For care-leavers who are transitioning to live independently, loss of employment which also leads to housing and other issues are additional challenges they are facing.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the risk and vulnerability of children and young people considerably. World Bank estimates more than 60 million people in 100 countries will be pushed into extreme poverty erasing the effects of poverty alleviation and other developmental programmes. Different countries have had different levels of preparedness and responses to COVID 19. In a very diverse Southeast Asia region, some countries were better-prepared than others, others admirably managed the spread of COVID-19. How each country chooses to address the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic will be critical in the road to recovery. In these responses, children without or at risk of losing parental care need to be given due consideration in the spirit of leaving no one behind.

Media Contact:

Christine Carandang

Communications Assistant, SOS Children’s Villages Philippines


About SOS Children’s Villages:

SOS Children’s Villages is a global federation working to protect and care for children who have lost parental care, or who stand at risk of losing it. We have a presence in 136 countries and territories. We work with communities, partners and states to ensure that the rights of all children, in every society, are fulfilled. In Asia, we work in 14 countries reaching 131,166 children and young people through our 128 Children’s Villages and community-based programme.