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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds We work for the best interests of the child. This group is interested in doing things right. Institutions are not the best places for children to grow. Our principle is that children grow best in a family environment in a community setting. The Alternative Care Panel is so important because it’s a panel that is composed of professionals. And they assess the stability of the parent – or the parents – to be able to provide very good care and protection that we need for the Ugandan children. And it helps you to ascertain the stability of these parents to be able to provide for the needy and vulnerable children in a loving family. It’s a very important panel, because they work collectively together.

Skip to 1 minute and 3 seconds It’s not a decision that is taken by one person. It’s a collective decision which must be upheld by all the panel members. It is chaired by the Minister of Gender, Labour, and Social Development. And this is the mother ministry that is responsible for children. We have representatives from police, specifically child and family protection unit. We also have a representative from Kampala Capital City Authority. We also have an adoptive parent. This is a very independent panel. Jace and Mason is a couple, devoted and committed. They have very good christian values And it was so amazing when we decided that, as a panel, that we should place a child with them. The panel unanimously agreed to approve you for your adoption.

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Skip to 2 minutes and 4 seconds We just realised how much the Ugandan families are out there that are ready to provide, but they are not aware that they can also get that opportunity. I think this should be another thing that you can take forward. So that Ugandan families get to know that they can also foster. They can also adopt and make a positive change in the Ugandan children. It’s great. Wonderful.

An Alternative Care Panel in Uganda

In this step, we will be watching a video that was kindly provided by Child’s i Foundation. Lucy Buck founded Child’s i Foundation in Uganda in 2009. Child’s i Foundation works to resettle children living in residential institutions with extended, foster and adoptive families. In 2012, the Foundation also established Uganda’s country’s first Social Work Centre of Excellence helping to improve social work practices that ensure more children grow up in loving families.

This video describes the work of an Alternative Care Panel in Uganda made up of professionals who assess the stability of potential foster or adoptive parents and determine whether or not parents can provide for vulnerable children with the ultimate aim of keeping children out of institutional settings and in family-based care.

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Getting Care Right for All Children: Implementing the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

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