Alternative Care for Children Without Parental Care

 
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When children do not have the option of remaining with their birth families, other approaches must be taken to prevent them from entering or remaining in orphanages. These resources begin to explore the circumstances in which kinship care, foster care and adoption might be appropriate and factors that should be considered in these situations.

The Better Care Toolkit The Better Care Network.
This Toolkit consists of guidelines and manuals structured around five areas: Developing an Informed National Strategy; Standards and Policies for Quality Alternative Care; Individual Assessments, Care Planning and Family Reunification; Supporting Children in Care, their Families, and Alternative Caregivers; and Protection and Care in Emergencies.

Alternative Care in Emergencies Toolkit is an initiative of the Interagency Working Group on Unaccopmanies and Separated Children which includes UNICEF, UNHCR, ICRC, Save the Children, IRC, and World Vision. The tools and guidance in this resource are designed to facilitate the process of planning and implementing interim care and related services for children separated from or unable to live with their families during an emergency.

Friends in Need: A Handbook for the Care of Orphans in the Community Marion Derbyshire, A Viva Network Publication, 2002.

Called to Care Toolkit, Parenting: A Journey of Love Fulata Lusungu Moyo, 2011.

Care of Orphans: Fostering Interventions for Children Whose Parents Die of AIDS in Ghana Alice A. Ansah-Koi, 2007.

Early Childhood Matters: Children Without Parental Care: Qualitative AlternativesTeresa Moreno and Jan van Dongen (eds.), 2005.

The Place of Foster Care in the Continuum of Care Choices: A Review of the Evidence for Policymakers Family For Every Child, 2015.

Strategies for Delivering Safe Effective Foster Care: A Review of the Evidence for Those Designing and Delivering Foster Care Programmes Family for Every Child, 2015.

Transitioning from Orphanages to Families

Permanency for Children: The Development of the BCS Global Foster-to-Adopt Pilot Project in Ethiopia Bethany Christian Services Global, LLC, 2013.

Moving Young Children from Institutions to Family-based Care Centre for Forensic and Family Psychology, University of Birmingham, 2007.

Children in Residential Care and Alternatives (Children at Risk Guidelines Vol.5Tearfund, England, 2001.

Transforming Orphanage Care: A Case Example in Zimbabwe Devi Dee, 2004.

Community Care or the Institution? Daphetone Siame, 2007.

De-institutionalising and Transforming Children’s Services: A Guide to Good Practice Georgette Mulheir & Kevin Browne, 2007.

Many of these resources are also available on the Better Care Network website:www.bettercarenetwork.org.

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