Who are the children in care homes, and how do they get there? 

There are over 400,000 children living in about 10,000 care homes across India. This is a statistic that we quote very often at AFEC, but we also wanted to talk about these children, how they enter state care. Who are these children? Nearly 50% of migrant children living on the streets in Delhi do not want to […]

Why are child adoption rates declining in India?

According to India’s Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, adoption is the process of legally transferring the rights and responsibilities of parenting from biological parents or legal guardians to adoptive parents. It creates a permanent and legal parent-child relationship between the adoptive parents and the child. And offers a secure and nurturing […]

The struggles of care leavers: facing adversity without stable support

Care leavers are youth who were once wards of the state, and now have either aged out of their care homes or have left for other reasons. During this transition out of care homes and on their way to independence, care leavers face multiple challenges. While AFEC deals only with care leavers from India, this […]

AFEC Glossary: Who is a care leaver?

You may have heard the line ‘AFEC helps care leavers (or youth leaving care) have a shot at a better life’. But who are these care leavers? Where does this term come from? Why do they need help? This post helps build some context and a little history of the term.  Who is a care […]

Contact Us