When children arrive at the settlement alone, the NGOs seek out volunteer foster families from the same tribes who speak their language and share their customs. World Vision International has about 70 case workers overseeing some 6,000 unaccompanied children in Bidi Bidi. They also rely on a network of volunteer para-social workers, who are refugees themselves and live in the settlement, as well as community-based child protection committees to monitor for signs of abuse. Before legally signing children over, the UNHCR and partner NGOs check prospective parents’ criminal records and ask community leaders to vet them.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA