Residential Care

Residential care refers to any group living arrangement where children are looked after by paid staff in a specially designated facility. It covers a wide variety of settings ranging from emergency shelters and small group homes, to larger-scale institutions such as orphanages or children’s homes. As a general rule, residential care should only be provided on a temporary basis, for example while efforts are made to promote family reintegration or to identify family based care options for children. In some cases however, certain forms of residential care can operate as a longer-term care solution for children.

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Better Care Network,

In this video, Sreyna and Chenda, two practitioners from Hagar Cambodia, discuss their learning regarding the impact of the care setting on child rehabilitation.

Better Care Network,

In this video, Dy Noeut and Kim Malin of New Smile Organisation (NSO) discuss their experience of conducting family tracing as a part of reintegration efforts in the context of an unregistered orphanage where children’s files contained missing and inaccurate information.

T Mensah, A Hjern, K Håkanson, P Johansson, A K Jonsson, T Mattsson, S Tranæus, B Vinnerljung, P Östlund, G Klingberg - Acta Paediatrica,

Decades of research confirm that children and adolescents in out‐of‐home care (foster family, residential care) have much greater healthcare needs than their peers. A systematic literature review was conducted to evaluate organizational healthcare models for this vulnerable group.

Joanne M. Chiedi, Acting Inspector General - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General,

The authors of this review from the U.S. Office of Inspector General conducted qualitative analysis to identify the most significant challenges that facilities faced in addressing the mental health needs of children in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody.

Beugre, Anita Princia W. - Leiden University,

Set in Central Region Ghana, using Country-Side Children’s Welfare Home (CCWH) as the main case study, this thesis investigates the underlying factors that are preventing families in the Bawjiase and surroundings from opening their homes and hearts to vulnerable children.

Family Care First (FCF) and Responsive and Effective Child Welfare Systems Transformation (REACT),

This study from Family Care First (FCF) and Responsive and Effective Child Welfare Systems Transformation (REACT) utilized a mixed method approach to data gathering and analysis to understand the effects of gender, identity, and institutional practices on the well-being of children in alternative care in Cambodia.

Anna W. Wright, Simron Richard, David W. Sosnowski, Wendy Kliewer - Journal of Child and Family Studies,

The goal of this paper was to review and critique the literature examining predictors of better-than-expected adjustment of children who have experienced institutional care.

Lauren H. K. Stanley & Shamra Boel-Studt - Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma,

This study examined the effects of trauma-informed residential care and the relation between complex trauma (CT) and gender.

Marianne Tevik Singstad, Jan Lance Wallander, Stian Lydersen, Lars Wichstrøm, Nanna Sønnichsen Kayed - Child & Family Social Work,

The present study aimed to investigate perceived social support among adolescents in Norwegian Residential Youth Care (RYC) using a short form of the Social Support Questionnaire.

Betty Luu, Amy Conley Wright, and Melanie Randle - Children Australia,

For this study, a general sample of the New South Wales (NSW) public completed an online survey about adoption practices and their willingness to consider adopting from out-of-home care, with background questions on perceived social support and life satisfaction.