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Orphanage Caregivers' Perceptions on the Provision of Services to Orphans

Date Posted: 17/03/2017

This journal article discusses the difficulties in caring for orphans in orphanages identified by the caregivers and staff working at these institutions. Much research has been conducted on children’s perceptions of institutional care so this article offers an interesting, alternative perspective.

This journal article from the 'Journal of Children and Poverty' discusses the difficulties in caring for orphans in orphanages identified by the caregivers and staff working at these institutions. Much research has been conducted on children’s perceptions of institutional care so this article offers an interesting, alternative perspective. Read the full artilce here.

It is well documented that institutional care, however well-meaning, is no substitute for family care, whether that is from biological parents, extended family or foster/adoptive parents, due in part to the difficulties in providing continuity of care to each child. Partner West Africa is a member of the ‘Better Volunteering, Better Care initiative’ which is aimed at discouraging international volunteering in residential care centers (orphanages) and promoting ethical volunteering alternatives supporting children and families. We do not encourage or place volunteers in orphanages due to the detrimental effects this short-term attachment between volunteer and child can create, instead, volunteers interested or with skills in childcare are placed in our Daycare and Nursery Centre which provides daily care for vulnerable young children who, crucially, return home to a family unit at the end of the day. Thus, the children receive the additional physical support which their family are struggling to provide but retain the emotional and developmental benefits that only a family environment with individual care can provide.

Find out more about the activities you can be involved in at the PWA Daycare and Nursery Centre not only with the children, but also with the staff, teachers, parents and community as a whole.

Author: The Journal of Children and Poverty

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