The number of care services and institutions in The Gambia which could respond to the needs of children on the move where they are is extremely limited and underresourced. Most often, care arrangements are made informally in the communities. Child migrants identified are often handed over to the police. Access to food and accommodation services also poses significant challenges.
Host families serve as a solution for the temporary placement of children and young migrants while solutions are being sought for their reintegration in their families and communities of origin.