Thailand Alternative Care Case Study

Khadijah Madihi & Sahra Brubeck - Key Assets & The Nippon Foundation

As part of phase one of the development of the Martin James Foundation's Asia Care Network, comprehensive studies of the care system in each country were conducted to highlight the need for developing alternative care systems across South-East Asia. This case study highlights relevant data from Thailand.

According to the case study, Thailand lacks a coherent strategy for dealing with alternative care and as such has a reactive nature, using institutional care as a first resort rather than a last. However, Thailand does have a formalised system of kinship care and statistics show that kinship care accounts for 90% of all alternative care circumstances in Thailand.