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TOWARDS HOMES WITHOUT WALLS
BY STEPHEN T. ADONGO
ADDIS ABABA 26TH .
 THE
GENERAL CHILD RIGHTS SITUATION IN
GHANA
 CHILDREN IN INSTITUTIONS
 POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES
 OPPORTUNITIES FOR LONG TERM
DEINSTITUTIONALIZATION
 CONCLUSION
 BENEFITS
FROM DEMOCRACY AND POLITICAL
STABILITY
 POLITICAL WILL TOWARDS CHILD RIGHTS
 LEGAL FRAMEWORK
 INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS
 INVOLVEMENT OF INGOs, NGOs, CSOs
 INSPITE
OF OR AS A RESULT OF THE GENERAL
SITUATION
 THE
RAPID EXPANSION IN INSTITUTIONS
ESPECIALLY CHILDRENS HOMES AND
ORPHANAGES
 THERE ARE REPORTED CASES OF NCHILD
TRAFFICKING, CHILD LABOUR, ABUSE, CHILD
PROSTITUTION
 LIVELIHOOD
EMPOWEMENT AGAINST
POVERTY PROGRAM (LEAP)
 CARE
REFORM INITIATIVE (CRI)
 CHILD
PROTECTION TEAMS (CPTs)
 NATIONAL
PLAN OF ACTION FOR OVC
 THE
NEED FOR LEAP (GPRS I AND II) EMBEDED
IN THE NSPS
 CONDITIONAL AND UNCONDITIONAL
HOUSEHOLD CASH TRANSFER
 TARGETS OVC, ELDERLY AND PWDs
 RANGE OF GH₵8-15/MONTH PAID BIMONTHLY
 45,106 HOUSEHOLDS IN 83/170 DISTRICTS
 LINKAGE TO OTHER PRO-POOR
INTERVENTIONS
 “FAMILIES
ARE FOREVER”
 TO MOVE AWAY FROM OVER RELIANCE ON
INSTITUTIONS AS A CHILD CARE SYSTEM AND
MOVE TOWARDS A RANGE OF INTEGRATED
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY BASED CARE FOR
CHILDREN WITHOUT PARENTAL CARE
 PREVENTION
(GATEKEEPING,LINKAGES,SCHOLARSHIPS,
FOOD SUPPORT, ACCESS TO HEALTH
INSURANCE)
 REINTEGRATION
find willing and capable extended relations
 FOSTER CARE
 ADOPTION
 INSTITUTIONALIZATION
AS A LAST RESORT
 TRANSFORM THE SYSTEM BASED ON
INSTITUTIONS TO A SYSTEM BASED ON KINSHIP
AND SHORT OR LONG TERM FOSTERING
 IMPROVED CARE IN SMALL NUMBER OF HOMES
 PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE ON BENEFITS OF FAMILY
CARE
 415
CHILDREN REUNITED WITH THEIR
FAMILIES AND SUPPORTED
 DATABASE OF CHILDREN IN INSTITUTIONS
 DRAFTED FORSTER CARE REGULATIONS
 5 ORPHANAGES LICENSED
 15 ORPHANAGES CLOSED DOWN
 256 SOCIAL WORKERS TRAINED
 PROPRIETORS OF ORPHANAGES SENSITIZED
 COMMUNITY
BASED VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONS
 650 COMMUNITIES IN NORTHERN GHANA
 ORGANIZED AND SUPERVISED BY DSW&CD
 ANTI-TRAFFICKING, EARLY MARRIAGES,
FGM,MIGRATION
 OTHER CHILD PROTECTION ISSUES
THE NPA IS 3 YEAR PLAN
 CATALYST FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF RIGHTS
 PREVENTION GOAL: OVCs ARE SUPPORTED TO
LIVE WITH THEIR FAMILIES THROUGH SOCIAL
PROTECTION INTERVENTIONS, IMPROVEMENTS IN
HEALTH AND ECCD SERVICES
 PROTECTIVE: TO PROTECT CHILDREN WHO HAVE
FALLEN THROUGH AND HELP THEM RETURN TO
FAMILY BASED CARE
 TRANSFORMATIVE: INPROVING THE CAPACITY OF
STATE AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO PROMOTE
THE RIGHTS AND WELLBEING OF CHILDREN

 THE
MAIN CHALLENGE FOR LEAP IS
INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY
 FOR THE CRI:
- CHANGING HEARTS AND
MINDS(PHILANTHROPY,SOCIAL
RESPONSIBILITIES, RELIGION, donors)
- FOSTER CARE AND TRADITION
-COMMUNITY CARE IS DIFFICULT
-DESIGNING RULES &REGULATIONS, MANAGING
THE DATABASE, INTRODUCING NEW
LEGISLATION
 COMMITMENT
TO CHILD RIGHTS IN GHANA
 CHALLENGE HAS ALWAYS BEEN
IMPLEMENTATION
 THERE ARE ENORMOUS OPPORTUNITIES FOR
WORKING TOGETHER
 LET US GRAB THAT OPPORTUNITY NOW
THANK YOU.

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