Negotiating the care of children and support for caregivers

Nolwazi Mkhwanazi, Tawanda Makusha, Deidre Blackie, Lenore Manderson, Katharine Hall and Mayke Huijbregts - South African Child Gauge 2018

This chapter from the South African Child Gauge 2018 focuses on childcare and children’s caregivers in South Africa and aims to address the following questions:

  • Who provides care for children?
  • How does the state support or undermine care choices?
  • Why and how should the state support caregivers?

The chapter provides an overview of mothers and fathers of caregivers as well as the use of informal kinship care and foster care in South Africa. The chapter outlines programs in the country that support caregivers through material support, childcare, parenting support, and health care.