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2017 Available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish

A foster child in Chiang Mai province, Thailand.

From: Caring for orphans – Footsteps 101

Stories of individuals, organisations and churches who are working to provide loving families for orphaned and vulnerable children 

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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