DACH countries: Austria, Germany and Switzerland

Despite the relative wealth in the countries, there are still too many children who cannot grow up in a family environment; most of them live in institutions.

Country profile: DACH countries – Austria, Germany and Switzerland

Total population: Austria 8.9 million
Total children under the age of 18: 1.5 million

Total population: Germany 83 million
Total children under the age of 18: 13.75 million

Total Population: Switzerland 8.6 million
Total children under the age of 18: 1.5 million

The situation of children in DACH countries
In Austria there are about 14,000 children who cannot grow up with their parents; 70% of these children live in children's homes.

In Germany, there are about 170,000, of which 95,000 live in institutions and the rest in foster families.

In Switzerland, about 18,000 to 19,000 children and adolescents live away from their families. More than 2/3 of them are placed in children and youth homes and only about 1/3 live in foster families.

Individuals and organisations from the DACH region also provide financial or voluntary support to residential care institutions in African, Asian, and Latin American countries. While this is often done with the best intentions, it provides an incentive for keeping children separated from families in those countries.

Towards DACH without Orphans:
So far there is no WWO movement in any of the three countries, but there are people who desire to start a movement. If you are one of them, please get in touch with us.

Contact for Switzerland and Austria: Barbara Ruegger
Contact for Germany: Markus Köker

Other Information about Orphaned and Vulnerable Children and Family Care in DACH countries:
Better Care Network Information on Family-Based Care in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
More information for prayer at Operation World