A foster child in Chiang Mai province, Thailand.

From: Caring for orphans – Footsteps 101

Case studies, children’s activities and a moving interview about growing up in a children’s home

Words used in this edition

Alternative care is when someone other than the biological parents cares for a child, eg kinship care, foster care, adoption or residential care. 

Residential care means looking after children outside of a family setting, eg in orphanages or group homes. 

Transitioning is when a residential care centre changes from offering residential care to helping children be cared for in families and the community. A loving, stable family is the ideal place for raising children. 

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