Supporting Foster Care in Eastern and Southern Africa: Evidence on When and How Foster Care Should be Used to Ensure the Better Care of Children in Eastern and Southern Africa

UNICEF ESARO, Changing the Way We Care

This paper examines the nature and benefits of foster care and identifies some of the key challenges associated with this form of care in Eastern and Southern Africa. It outlines the elements of an enabling environment needed for successful large-scale foster care programmes, including legislation, guidance, changes to social norms, coordination mechanisms, and a strong social service workforce.

The paper also provides lessons learnt from the region on how to support each stage of the foster care process.