Dr Delia Pop is the Director of Programs and Global Advocacy at Hope and Homes for Children. Born and educated in Romania, Delia is a medical doctor who has committed the last 17 years to working with children in the institutional care system and families at risk of separation. Combining her medical knowledge, the experience gained in managing alternative care services, and pioneering the first deinstitutionalization programs for children in Romania, Delia has led the development of a model for change that has contributed to the incredible transformation of child protection and care systems at national and regional levels. Understanding the scale of the problem that exists worldwide, Delia has provided direction for HHC teams in 15 countries, across Europe and Africa, refining the deinstitutionalization model and ensuring its successful delivery within local, national and regional contexts. Delia is also supporting other organizations in Latin America, Asia and India interested in child protection system reform and the transition from institutional care to family and community based care.
With her first-hand experience and knowledge of the economics of child protection reform and deinstitutionalization, Delia is highly respected in the childcare reform arenas. Over the last 17 years, Delia has provided technical assistance and training to government agencies, NGOs and other professionals in Europe and Africa; developing training materials that will support child protection and system reform globally. A Fellow of the RSA, the co-chair of the Geneva Working Group on Children Without Parental Care and the President of the Executive Committee for Child Rights Connect, as well as other high-level child focused working groups in the US and Europe, Delia is a strong advocate on behalf of children in institutional care, with a particular interest in ensuring that children with disabilities are enabled to realize their potential and rights.
In addition to contributing to national child protection and care reform strategies, Delia is the co-author of ‘De-institutionalization of Children’s Services in Romania’, published by UNICEF in 2004, ‘IMPACT’, a custom curriculum for providing support for children and adults with special needs, published in 2011, ‘Preventing the separation of children from their families in Bosnia and Herzegovina’ published in 2012 and ‘The Financial Impact of the Child Protection System Reform in Romania’ published in 2013.