Alternative Care in Ghana

Alternative Care is a care for children who are not under the custody of their biological parents. Alternative care can be formal or informal, family-based care, or residential care. The Children’s Act, 1998 (Act 560) was amended in 2016 to make provisions in respect of foster-care and adoptions to meet international standards and provide for other matters.

Have you heard about foster parenting in Ghana? Are you aware a 21-year-old Ghanaian is qualified to be a foster parent after he or she is given a license by the DSW?

Dzifah Tamakloe


What is foster care?

Foster care is a way of providing a family life for children who cannot live with their biological parents. Foster care is intended to provide temporary care while parents get help sorting out problems, or to help children or young people through a difficult period in their lives. Often children will return home once the problems that caused them to come into foster care have been resolved and it is clear that their parents are able to look after them safely. Others may stay in long-term foster care, some may be adopted, and others will move on to live independently. Visit the department of social welfare’s website for more details

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