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Alternative care

Deinstitutionalisation and Quality Alternative Care – Lessons learned and the way forward

This paper aims to raise awareness on the perverse effects of institutionalization on children in the European context and calls for comprehensive system reforms, starting with a transition towards family and community-based care.

Common European Guidelines on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care

The Common European Guidelines on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care provide practical advice about how to make a sustained transition from institutional care to family-based and community-based alternatives for individuals currently living institutions and those living in...

Moving Forward: Implementing the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

This handbook has been created to take us even further along the road to embedding children’s rights in alternative care provision. It aims to support implementation of the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children by making strong connections between national policy, direct practice and the...

EveryChild Moldova’s Programme Experience: Improving Children’s Lives through Deinstitutionalisation

This Program Review documents the evolution of the EvC Program since 1994, presenting the development of interventions to improve the lives of children through deinstitutionalization and identifying the best practices and lessons that may be relevant, useful and replicable to other initiatives and...

Deinstitutionalizing and Transforming Children's Services - A Guide to Good Practice

The purpose of this document is to assist policy makers, practitioners and other concerned individuals to transform systems of institutional care into those based on family and community support. The guidance in this manual is based on current best practices in deinstitutionalizing children from...

At home or in a home - Formal care and adoption of children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

This report is about children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia who are deprived of parental care. Despite recent reforms, which have led to an increase in the number of children being placed in alternative families – for example with foster parents, guardians or adoptive parents – the majority of...

The African Report on Child Wellbeing: Towards greater accountability to Africa’s children

The report aims to promote accountability to children and compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. The report takes stock of what governments have been doing for children over the last five years or so, and undertakes...

Social Justice and Intercountry Adoptions: The role of the U.S. social work community

Using social justice as the conceptual foundation, the authors present the structural barriers to socially just intercountry adoptions (ICAs) that can exploit and oppress vulnerable children and families participating in ICAs. They argue that such practices threaten the integrity of social work...

Standard Operating Procedures for Family Reintegration

Retrak has developed its Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which provide practical guidance on implementing the Retrak model of successfully returning street children to safe homes in families and communities, where each child feels a sense of belonging through a secure attachment to caring...

Children’s Act Guide for Child and Youth Care Workers

The guide is written for child and youth care workers (CYCWs) and it focuses on the parts of the South Africa Children’s Act that are most relevant to them. This is an updated edition of the guide which contains extra information for professionals who provide services to children living and working...

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