Vulnerable Children and Families

Vulnerable children and familiesDue to the long-term effects of HIV/AIDS and other diseases, social conflicts, and poverty, many countries are home to increasing numbers of vulnerable children requiring care and support beyond what can be provided by their families.

URC works with national, provincial, and district governments in countries in Africa and Latin America to develop and pilot care standards for vulnerable children in the community, at the point of service delivery.

Government, civil society, and the international donor community have attempted to fill those gaps in care and support through the provision of services to millions of at-risk children. Standardizing the delivery of child and family welfare services is a first step toward achieving a systemic and sustained response to the needs of vulnerable children and families.

The standards cover services in several sectors: education, health, food security, household economic strengthening, legal protection, shelter, and psychosocial support. By piloting and implementing these standards, URC has contributed to country efforts to improve coordination of services provided to this target population.


Children in Tanzania listen in while community health workers talk to their parents about the importance of coming to clinic within 24 hours of onset of fever (2014)