Evaluation of a Community-Based Orphan Care Program in Uganda

  • Roby J
  • Shaw S
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Abstract

In response to the orphan crisis in sub-Saharan Africa, the
international child welfare community has agreed on a model that aims to
increase the capacity of families and communities. Yet, little is known
thus far about the service content and efficacy of programs based on the
model. This project examined a community-based program in Uganda that
provides support and assistance to families raising orphaned and other
vulnerable children. Findings suggest that the households' need in
certain categories, such as housing and food security, decreased
significantly after services were received. Children's senses of
belonging and permanency appeared promising. The program's strengths are
discussed with recommended changes, as well as implications for policy,
practice, and further research.

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Authors

  • Jini Roby

  • Stacey Shaw

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