Foster Parent Training Manual
Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families
Ghana has over the past decade, initiated a number of complementary measures towards resolving the many challenges associated with its child care practices, especially for children in need of alternative care. Recognizing this as of great concern, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) with the technical and financial support of UNIICEF, USAID and in collaboration with Governmental, Non-Governmental and Civil Society Organizations undertook and led a number of far reaching reform processes to ensure better care and protection for children in non-family based care. Within the framework of the Children’s Act, 1998, (Act 560), the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) has identified, screened and registered a number of dedicated prospective foster parents as part of the national efforts at promoting a well-regulated formal foster care programme.
This laudable initiative has become imperative to reinforce and complement the informal foster care system which is increasingly becoming strained in the light of the considerable socio- economic stress that has come to bear on it. To advance the implementation of the formal foster care programme that ensures that fostered children’s rights are guaranteed, the Ministry through the Department of Social Welfare has again taken one great step in developing a structured, user-friendly Foster Care Training Manual with the support of UNICEF, USAID, Governmental and Civil Society Organizations.