Assessing the knowledge of alternative care among India’s child protection stakeholders – National Survey Published

The Centre of Excellence has joined hands with Terre des hommes Foundation to publish a national survey on Alternative Care.

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Authors: Molly Greenfield, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA, Kaynat Salmani, IGNOU, Vasundhra, LL.M, Kurukshetra University, Ian Anand Forber Pratt, MSW, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA.

Date: September 2016

Keywords/Descriptors: Alternative Care, Family Preservation, Foster Care, Adoption, Survey, Child Protection, Legislation, Data, Children, Social Welfare, India.


The purpose of this survey was to assess the knowledge of child protection stakeholders throughout India on the topic of alternative care for children. We received 91 respondents across 14 states/ Union Territories. The sample was selected based on an online database of governmental and nongovernmental child protection stakeholders. The survey measured the respondent’s level of understanding of the concept of alternative care, their direct level of involvement in types of alternative care, and their knowledge of the legal framework at national and state levels that dictate the processes of alternative care. The survey results were overall positive in that awareness of alternative care does exist in India, however it is evident in the results that there is much progress to be made. Possible entry points to the expansion of alternative care in India were identified by the survey including the need for implementation tool kits, a focus on convergence of systems, legislation on alternative care (both at state and national level), awareness about the concept itself, and monitoring and evaluation systems.

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