I AM A RESEARCHER.


'A widespread problem across Africa is the number of children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other circumstances. This particular project examined if children thrive in permanent family care and how we can help orphans through adoption or family-based orphan care approaches. Is this approach the best practice for helping orphaned and vulnerable children? What issues are there with adopting children affected by the HIV/AIDS crisis, and why are these children not already in permanent family care? Is the number of orphaned children growing faster than we think or is there just a lack of resources and knowledge of the problem? The Declaration of the Rights of the Child says that children have the right to understanding and love by parents and society, so the research examined a new approach to integrating this practice into the lives of orphaned children in Africa by providing a holistic overview of the sources and current status surrounding the overarching issue.

The project provided an overview of the facts about the problem and statistics on the situation providing background information on the HIV/AIDS orphan crisis, adoption programs available for these children, what the UN, UNICEF and other parties are doing to help, and the definition of family based care. A further examination looked at what adoption and family-based care looks like in current orphanages in Africa. Case studies were presented that looked at the life of a child orphaned by the HIV/AIDS crisis that has now been adopted into a family, and other alternative care methods. Another study was presented on an orphanage practicing family based care and how it differs from a traditional approach, examining the pros and cons.'

In the Fall of 2016, the project resumed with a focus on refugee children.  

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