Alternative Care Initiatives is an NGO established to respond to the growing need in Uganda to support the Government of Uganda and others to implement alternative care solutions, i.e. family based placements for children outside of parental care.
Mark Riley, one of the founders of Alternative Care Initiatives, has been working with the Ugandan Government since June 2011 on the Alternative Care programme. During this time a new Alternative Care Framework (for children outside of parental care) has been developed. The Children's Act has been updated and a comprehensive baseline study on the state of child care institutions in Uganda has been carried out and published.
Alternative Care Initiatives in partnership with International Child Campaign started the Alternative Care Campaign. The campaign promotes family preservation, resettlement and alternative care options.
This campaign has raised awareness, created discussions and ultimately led to well-funded projects to support the implementation of the Alternative Care Framework in Uganda, namely the $4.4 million USAID programme (to be delivered through ChildFund) and the Terre des Hommes 'Strong Beginnings' project which is a $1 million investment into Alternative Care.
For more information about the work ACI does, please visit the Projects page.