Nobody knows how many children are in care in Switzerland. And differences in local organisational structures and standards for placements have meant that much needed reform of the foster care system is advancing at an uneven pace.
“We have children who have been through every imaginable kind of hardship. They have suffered neglect, hunger, physical and sexual abuse. What they need is security; instead they are delivered into a system with inbuilt discontinuity.”
Those are the words of children’s advocate and former foster child Urs Kaltenrieder, co-founder of Integration, a reputable foster placement organisation and support network in Emmental. Many of the children referred to his organisation have been through several previous placements.