Imagine you have seven children who are living with you in a rural Cambodia area. You hear tales of the prosperity in the city. Someone comes to your home and tells you that they want to take your child (the cutest and one of the youngest) with them to their orphanage where they will be supported by wealthy foreigners. What would you do? There is a common perception amongst the poorest and most vulnerable families that orphanages are a means to provide their children with food and an education. It is the misconception that ‘NGOs know best’, and a lack of alternative support to help keep families together. Many orphanages perpetuate this myth, and in some cases it is not unusual for these institutions to make payments to parents or legal guardians in return for placing their children in an orphanage. Effectively the orphanage ‘rents’ its children from their parents or natural guardians.