Evaluation of a Community-Based Orphan Care Program in Uganda
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.
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