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Title: THE NEED TO STRENGTHEN THE LINK BETWEEN FORMAL AND INFORMAL COMMUNITY CAREGIVING FOR AIDS ORPHANS
Authors: Kassaw, Asmare
Advisors: Professor Nathan Linsk
Copyright: Jun-2006
Date Added: 8-May-2012
Abstract: Abstract The informal community support system has been significantly contributing to the care provisions of vulnerable members of many communities. Its contribution however has not been well recognized. Creating and/or strengthening the link between the formal and informal community support systems could give a new fertile ground in the delivery of services for AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children. Creating the link and strengthening it would help to properly utilize resources including community structures and make services easily accessible to those in greatest need. By doing so, it is possible to support resource deficient communities and particularly orphans thereby creating an environment (habitat) that is conducive for their development. For the proper development of children resourceful social and physical environment is not sufficient. Children should also assume roles and statuses (niche) congruent to their age. Through process evaluation and a combination of qualitative data collection methods, and instruments designed to respond to the research objectives, an effort is made to describe the link created between the formal and informal caregiving, the benefit of creating the link and the trends in kinship caregiving. The nature of relationship created between surrogate parents and children is also described. Discussions are made based on the findings, the theoretical frameworks, literatures reviewed and based on the researcher’s critical view of specific issue. Finally recommendations are made based on the findings of the research.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2805
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