What is alternative care?

Children and young people tend to be brought up by their birth parents, but some are brought up in other ways. Alternative care is a term used to describe these.

Some forms of alternative care are:

  • residential care,
  • foster care,
  • adoption,
  • kinship care― living with a family member other than a parent.

Unaccompanied children can also be placed in alternative care.

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