Title

Evaluation of a Community-Based Orphan Care Program in Uganda

Keywords

orphan crisis, sub-Saharan Africa, child welfare, orphans

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.

Original Publication Citation

Roby, J. & Shaw, S. (2008). Evaluation of a community-based orphan care program in Uganda. Families in Society, 89(1), 119-128.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2008

Publisher

international Practice

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Social Work

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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