Paper on Covid-19 and Kinship Care

April 29, 2020

Child Frontiers is researching and writing a paper on the impacts of coronavirus on children in kinship care and their caregivers for the NGO, Family for Every Child. Families the world over are affected by Covid-19, including the millions of children who live not with their parents but with grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings or friends of the family. In some countries, up to a third of children are raised this way. Whilst kinship care is valued by communities and children and recognized as a preferred form of care by policy makers, kinship carers receive minimal assistance, leaving the children in their care vulnerable to many threats to their health, wellbeing and protection. The paper will argue that those developing responses to coronavirus must prioritize support to these households. A failure to do so will exacerbate the risks that girls and boys face, and lead to poorly targeted and consequently ineffective strategies to prevent and mitigate the effects of the virus.



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