This country page features an interactive, icon-based data dashboard providing a national-level overview of the status of children’s care and care reform efforts (a “Country Care Snapshot”), along with a list of resources and organizations in the country.
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Kenya National Care System Assessment: A participatory self-assessment of the formal care system of children living outside of family care and for the prevention of unnecessary separation of children from families
Summary of the outcome of mapping and assessing Kenya’s child protection system: Strengths, weaknesses and recommendations
Determinants of Implementing Cash Transfer Program for Orphans and Vulnerable Children: A Case of Isiolo County, Kenya
Prevalence and number of children living in institutional care: global, regional, and country estimates
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Institutionalization of Children and Alternative Family-Based Care Options for Children in Kenya
School Enrolment and Attendance for Children with Disabilities in Kenya: An Examination of Household Survey Data
Child Developmental Disabilities, Caregivers’ Role in Kenya and Its Implications on Global Migration
The Dark Side of the Internet for Children: Online Child Sexual Exploitation in Kenya - A Rapid Assessment Report
Exploring the Nexus between Social Capital and Individual Biographies of “Care leavers” in Nairobi, Kenya: A Life Course Perspective
Data for this country care snapshot was contributed by consultants with Maestral International.
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These guidelines provide minimum standards to be adhered to in the provision of Child Welfare Programmes; The guidelines will also provide a framework within which state and non-state actors shall develop, design, and implement childcare and welfa
These national guidelines provide a roadmap of activities to guide the state and non-state actors in Kenya to streamline the transitioning of care systems, children and institutions in the country.
Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC) promotes safe, nurturing family care for children reintegrating from residential care facilities (often referred to as “orphanages”) and prevents child-family separation by strengthening families, reforming national systems of care for children, and working to shift donor and volunteer support away from residential care and toward family care alternatives.
In this webinar, a new paper on strategies to prevent family separation is presented. Examples from Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Namibia are presented.
This case story is meant to illustrate the transition process of Good Life orphanage, a charitable children’s institution based in Kilifi County, Kenya, the actors involved, the challenges and the success factors; recognizing that each transition
This case story is meant to illustrate transition process of Majaoni Rescuers, a community-based organization (CBO) in Mombasa County, Kenya, the actors involved, the challenges and the success factors; recognizing that each transition is an individual process with different starting points, different dynamics and different evolutions.
These illustrations from Changing the Way We Care and the Government of Kenya showcase live community engagement sessions on how to develop Kafaalah messages and promote Kafaalah for family-based care.
This handbook is a summarized, user-friendly version of the operating procedures for alternative family- and community-based care options. It provides an overview of each type of care, key considerations, and the process followed for placement. The handbook aims to provide an easy and quick reference to critical information and “how to” about alternative family- and community-based care placements.
The government of Kenya has been working with UNICEF, Changing the Way We Care, Charitable Children's Institutions and local CSOs to pilot care reform at the county level. Learning from these demonstration counties is being used to shape care reform in other counties and at the national level. This video explores care reform in one demonstration county, Kisumu.