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Appropriate Care

Appropriate care is when children, including those on the move and in emergencies, are ensured good quality care, nurture and guidance at a physical, emotional, social and psychological level ─ either from their own families or when necessary in family and community-based alternatives. 

There are millions of children who do not receive appropriate care today, including neglected and/or abused children in their families, children living on the street, children in institutions or other forms of poor quality alternative care, child refugees, child migrants and trafficked children.

Chronic poverty and destitution, illness, stigma or discrimination, HIV and AIDS, and the increasing number of natural disasters, along with ongoing conflict in many countries, mean that more and more children and families need an increasing amount of support to be able to stay together in healthy, happy, and safe environments.

Save the Children's ultimate goal is to prevent children from being separated from their families in the first place. The organisation is working to strengthen the capacity of families to care for their children; economically and socially as well as giving parenting support, and supports provision of quality family-based alternative care options for children who cannot remain with their families. These options include foster care, kinship care and domestic adoption. Save the Children also works with governments and inter-governmental bodies to ensure child protection monitoring, reporting and response structures are in place and functioning.

In case of separation after an emergency, the organisation is providing family tracing, reunification and psychosocial support.

Photo: Ayesha Vellani/Save the Children

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