Kinship Care in Kakuma Refugee Camp: Kenya

UNICEF - Regional Learning Platform on Care Reform in Eastern and Southern Africa

This case study documents the journey of Okot, one of many children in the Kakuma camp in Kenya, living with relatives. There are over 8,000 unaccompanied and separated children living in the Kakuma and Kalobeyei camps, the majority of whom are in kinship care (children cared for by relatives or friends of the family). These children are assessed and provided with case management support where necessary. Children in kingship care are also supported through regular follow-up visits from child protection volunteers and village child protection committees.

The Regional Learning Platform on care reform for Eastern and Southern Africa provides an opportunity for government, UNICEF and others involved in care reform in the region to share learning through webinars, document exchange, a HelpDesk, and pairing and mentoring. The platform and its corresponding documentation was planned and conceptualised by UNICEF Eastern and Southern African Regional Office (ESARO) and Changing the Way We Care.