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Free E-Book: Child-headed households: a feasible way forward, or an infringement of children’s right to alternative care?

Date: 
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Africa is home to millions of children without adequate parental care or access to suitable alternative care. The primary factors leading to this situation are HIV/AIDS, poverty, conflict and the disintegration of the traditional extended family network. In recent years the international community has started to view child-headed households – in which a child has taken over the majority of responsibilities of the main caregiver – as a form of alternative care.  In addition to providing an answer to the principal questions, the author concludes with a number of recommendations, including the adoption of a universal definition of child-headed households and a legal framework for alternative care.
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HIV/AIDS