Child Care and Protection System Reforms

Social welfare sector reform is increasingly common, particularly in transitional countries in Central and Eastern Europe.  Increasing attention has been paid to the development of preventive community based child and family welfare programs that would, in coordination with health and education programs and social assistance, provide a range of support for vulnerable families.   

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The Kenya Society of Care Leavers (KESCA), the Uganda Care Leavers (UCL), Better Care Network, and Changing the Way We Care,

This webinar - presented by the Kenya Society of Care Leavers (KESCA), the Uganda Care Leavers (UCL), The Better Care Network and Changing the Way We Care - offered policy makers, practitioners, advocates and careleavers a unique opportunity to listen and learn from two leaders of careleaver associations who highlighted two recent documents that illustrate the careleaver experience within and outside of care.

Joyce Y Lee, Terri Gilbert, Shawna J Lee, Karen M Staller - Social Work,

The purpose of this article is to provide an introduction to social workers of child welfare reform by class action lawsuits and subsequent consent decrees in the United States.

Better Care Network,

This country care review includes the care related Concluding Observations adopted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as part of the Committees' examinations of the periodic reports of India. 

Murli Desai - Rights-based Integrated Child Protection Service Delivery Systems,

The aim of this module is to learn about children without parental care and the need for rights-based Integrated Alternative Childcare Centres.


This report from Lumos defines the global problem of institutionalization of children - including the factors that drive it and the harmful impacts it has on children's physical and cognitive development - and proposes global solutions in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Astraea Augsberger, Julie Sweeney Springwater, Grace Hilliard Koshinsky, Kelsey Barber, Linda Sprague Martinez - Children and Youth Services Review,

This study examined stakeholder views on the key elements and challenges of youth participation in policy advocacy in the context of a US multi-state current and former foster care youth coalition.

Beugre, Anita Princia W. - Leiden University,

Set in Central Region Ghana, using Country-Side Children’s Welfare Home (CCWH) as the main case study, this thesis investigates the underlying factors that are preventing families in the Bawjiase and surroundings from opening their homes and hearts to vulnerable children.

Chinwe U Nnama-Okechukwu & Uzoma O Okoye - Journal of Social Work in Developing Societies,

This paper is based on field work experience, review of relevant literature and studies on alternative child care system in Nigeria.

National Commission for Children, UNICEF, USAID,

This case study profiles the reintegration experiences of one child who has participated in the Tubarerere Mu Muryango (Let’s Raise Children in Families - TMM) programme in Rwanda.

National Commission for Children, UNICEF, USAID,
This programme brief describes the establishment and development of the social service workforce in Rwanda - as part of the Tubarerere Mu Murayango (TMM - Let’s Raise Children in Families) programme to enable children and young adults to live in families and communities rather than in residential facilities - and draws out lessons learnt from this process.