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

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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