Country Care Profiles

The Better Care Network (BCN) in partnership with key stakeholders initiated in 2014 a series of 'Country Care Profiles' to provide an overview and analysis of the national care system reforms efforts across different countries and regions, to promote information exchange and learning, and to reinforce and encourage care reform in other countries. 

Based on a framework reflective of international standards on children's care, including the ‘United Nations Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children’, the profiles provide an overview and analysis of key areas in reform efforts, covering key reform components including the legal and policy framework, service delivery, social service workforce, financing, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and information systems. They also provide a more comprehensive overview of key lessons learned, including successes, challenges, gaps identified and promising practices.

The content of each of the country profiles addresses the following topics:

  • Overview of country context, including the population of children living outside of family care or at risk
  • Description of child protection and child care system, including care reform initiatives
  • Child care national legal and policy frameworks
  • Prevention of the need for alternative care, including analysis of national deinstitutionalisation strategies and interventions
  • Analysis of formal alternative care
  • Analysis of informal alternative care
  • Domestic and intercountry adoption
  • Care during an emergency
  • Public awareness and advocacy
  • Conclusion and key lessons 

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Better Care Network and UNICEF, with support from PEPFAR and USAID,

This report summarizes the care-reform process of three sub-Saharan African countries – Ghana, Liberia and Rwanda.

Better Care Network, UNICEF, PEPFAR, USAID,

This country care profile provides an overview of key lessons learned in the children’s care reform process in Rwanda, including successes, challenges and areas for progress, and gaps in learning and best practice.

Better Care Network, UNICEF, PEPFAR, USAID,

This country care profile provides an overview of key lessons learned in the children’s care reform process in Ghana, including successes, challenges and areas for progress, and gaps in learning and best practice.

Better Care Network, UNICEF, PEPFAR, USAID,

This country care profile provides an overview of key lessons learned in the children’s care reform process in Liberia, including successes, challenges and areas for progress, and gaps in learning and best practice.