A Sense of Belonging: Case studies in positive care options for children

David Tolfree

The First Resort series focuses on the needs and rights of children who, for a wide variety of reasons, are lacking adequate parental care. This third paper in the First Resort series presents practical examples of the range of options available to policy-makers, practitioners and others with responsibilities for the care and protection of children without adequate parental care.

These options fall into two main categories. In the first category are child and family support strategies that may help to sustain girls and boys in their own family environment (set out in Part 1); in the second are various care options for those children whose needs and rights can no longer be adequately met within the family (presented in Part 2). Case studies drawn from around the world illustrate the huge variation in practice in these areas, reflecting different social, economic, political and cultural contexts and traditions.

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