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A Generation at Risk: The Global Impact of HIV AIDS on by John Williamson, Geoff Foster, Carol Levine

By John Williamson, Geoff Foster, Carol Levine

Hundreds of thousands of kids around the world were orphaned or made susceptible via the HIV/AIDS epidemic. despite the fact that, whereas there was major motion within the previous few years via governments, overseas businesses, spiritual our bodies, and nongovernmental corporations, nearly all of young ones made susceptible by means of AIDS haven't benefited from any counsel past their very own and group. This volume's insightful views from skilled execs deal with those kid's wishes in schooling, neighborhood mobilization and potential construction, monetary strengthening at family and neighborhood degrees, psychosocial help, and civil rights.

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Save the Children’s research suggests four key safeguards. First, programs designed to support and protect children who are in a potentially vulnerable situation should be based on a detailed knowledge of cultural norms concerning the care of parentless children, together with a solid knowledge of both child rights and child development. This is important not only in establishing effective frameworks for managing the fostering process, but also in educating the wider community about the needs and rights of children so as to facilitate substitute family care.

First, home-based care activities should be developed as an entry point for working with children before they become orphans. This allows issues such as succession planning and ensuring the inheritance and property rights of orphans to be raised with parents. Second, coalitions engaged in community-managed child-care centers provide community care, stimulation, and psychosocial activities for children under six – both orphans and non-orphans. These centers offer caregivers respite and an opportunity to pursue other economic or social activities.

Finally, the issue of intercountry adoption deserves a brief mention. In some extreme situations, it is possible that this may provide the only route to enable a child to enjoy a normal family life. In practice, however, intercountry adoption is, at best, an expensive way of responding to the needs of relatively small numbers of children. At worst, intercountry adoption can be abusive and exploitative, based more on the needs and interests of adopters and their lawyers than on the best interests of children.

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