Original Research: Kin-Care and Well-Being for Children and Youth in Cameroon’s Intersecting Uncertainties

Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg - NEOS Volume 12, Issue 2

Care arrangements—by parents, kin, or the state—are central to the well-being and mental health of children and youth (Coe 2012a). Over the past five years, the author of this paper has actively researched child fostering practices among transnational Cameroonian families. This study of distributed parenting and new ideas about what it means to raise a child properly is informed by over three decades of research among the Bamiléké. Originating in the mountainous Grassfields region straddling Cameroon’s Francophone/Anglophone divide, the author's research includes observations undertaken during investigations of migrant motherhood and belonging (Feldman-Savelsberg 2016).