Alternative Care

Not all children can be cared for by their parents or wider family networks. Children may therefore need other forms of temporary care whilst permanent family homes are found for them. This includes kinship care, short and long term foster care, smaller residential care facilities and supervised independent living.


Latest Alternative Care Reports

A spotlight on foster care

In recent years, there has been a rapid expansion in foster care programmes in low and middle-income countries, often in an attempt to develop more appropriate alternatives to the use of large-scale institutional care for children who cannot be cared for by their own families. Yet research, knowledge and understanding on how to deliver effective, safe foster care programmes in…

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Strategies for delivering safe and effective foster care

Strategies for delivering safe and effective foster care – A review of the evidence for those designing and delivering foster care programmes The evidence presented in this report suggests that there is no one blueprint of universal elements for successful foster care programmes. Those developing and delivering foster care programmes must carefully examine their specific…

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