Contentious care: foster care grants and the caregiver orphan relationship in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa

Chris Hearle, Kanchana N. Ruwanpura

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Abstract

It is widely recognized that HIV/AIDS has devastating but also uneven effects on afflicted communities. While much research has rightly focused on the impact of HIV/AIDS on families, communities and countries, less attention has been paid to foster carers' experiences and to the network of care. Based on qualitative fieldwork carried out over a 3-month period in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, this study analyses the experiences of those caring for orphans who receive a state-funded Foster Care Grant. Conversations with caregivers suggest the contentious nature of care; this is worth exploring further, as it can cast light on how such macro-level interventions are shifting what it means to be an orphan at the community level. The main reason for bringing these issues to the fore is to make development interventions better informed and therefore better able to address those factors giving rise to the challenges faced by caregivers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-437
JournalOxford Development Studies
Volume37
Issue number4
Early online date2 Nov 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2009

Keywords

  • Orphans
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Foster Care Grants
  • South Africa
  • Kin Relations

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