Directive Number 976/2023: Directive on Alternative Childcare and Support

Ministry of Women and Social Affairs, Ethiopia

Recognizing the increasing number of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and the need to provide standardized and quality alternative childcare and support services, The Ministry of Women and Social Affairs (MOWSA) in collaboration with pertinent child welfare stakeholders, took the initiative to produce a Directive on Alternative Childcare and Support.

The Directive serves as a comprehensive legally binding document aiming to reduce reliance on institutional care services by standardizing alternative care service delivery, promoting family-based care and community-based care services. 

This directive will also play an important role in improving regulatory frameworks and support regional adaptation to meet standards of best practice and streamline service delivery across regions.