The Continuum of Care

The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (articles 5, 9, 10, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, and 27) recognizes the role of parents, and the State in caring for children. The type of family-and community-based care that will be most appropriate will depend on the needs of the child, the society’s traditional care practices, and the available resources.

The term “foster care” is can be used to refer to formal, temporary placements or kinship care or other placement with a family
Kinship care is the full-time care of a child by a relative or another member of the extended family
Adoption is the formal, permanent transfer of parental rights to a family other than a child’s own and the formal assumption by that family of all…
A child-headed household is one where there are no adult carers available and children live on their own
This section includes literature describing a range of care arranged to enable children to remain in their own community and to receive adequate care
A guardian is a legally appointed adult representative for a child. Their function is to ensure that a child’s rights are upheld and their best…
This section contains resources related to the residential care of children.