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Alternative forms of Care for the Children without Parental Care


It is beyond any contest, that “family is the fundamental unit of society”. It is undeniable fact that “family” has a primary role for ensuring overall development of a child .Children without parental care or children separated from their parents usually live in difficult circumstances. Children Home  is the only alternatives to rehabilitate  children  in need  .YCDA has initiated Alternatives form of Child Care programme with the key focus on care and protection through community based rehabilitation and family focused alternative care to ensure best interest of the child . Organization plays a pioneer role in promoting non-institutional care in the State like Orissa through community centric child care like Kinship Care, Foster Care, and Child headed household as its outstanding innovative.

Major thrust of the programme is  Rehabilitation of children without parental care through community based care and to provide family like environment where  the child can grow naturally in  his / her  own place, culture, belief which are viable for all round development of the children.

The project have been initiated by YCDA with the partnership of SKN, The Netherlands since 2007  in Boudh district but with the learning and field experiences YCDA expanded its operational area to Bolangir district. In addition to this, for the proper implementation of the programme YCDA set up a Task Force Office at Bhubaneswar for influencing policy and desired changes.

Project at a glance

District   :     Boudh and Bolangir 
Block     :    3 block in Boudh District and 5 block in Bolangir district
Villages       Bolangir 33, Boudh 45

No of children       Boys 47 , Girls 55 Total -102

Category  of  Children Boudh Bolangir Total
Orphan (both father & mother lost) 26 8 34
Semi orphan (one of the parent lost) 22 34 56
Other vulnerable unwed / imprisonment etc.) 4 8 11
Total 52 50 102


To ensure that Orphan and Vulnerable Children - OVC in the region have access to opportunities and services that promote their rights to survival, development, protection and participation in a family and community based care.


  • Access to basic services
  • Civil society Building
  • Lobby and Advocacy

Key Activities

Right to Survival

  • Preparation of individual care plan in term of health, education and livelihood
  • Organizing health camp and provide necessary medical care .
  • Advocacy for birth registration.
  • Maintenance grant support as per individual need .
  • Family strengthening programme ; internal support to family through  income generation activities and external support for linkages with Govt. scheme and programme

Right to Development

  • Mainstreaming in formal school ,support for school fees, reading and writing materials and complementary tuition at home, emergency support, bicycle support to girls children for mainstreaming  them in formal education .
  • Training and Orientation to target children and its guardian on  life skill, Child Care and Protection, Child Rights to district care giver association .
  • Organizing State level, Regional level, District level workshop on alternative forms of child care approaches for the children without parental care to gain momentum in community on the concept

Right to Protection

  • Developing  child protection manual and IEC materials
  • Workshop/meeting  on child protection issues involving different  stakeholder-teacher, AWW, ASHA, PRIs member and other intellectual person of the village.
  • Support for legal consultation to children and their families.
  • Wall writing on child rights to sensitize  community
  • Rehabilitation to target families  in term of financial support and kinds

Right to Participation

School linkage programme ; formation of children clubs, Organize different  events with school children ,Holiday camp of children for refreshment and learning  to ensure child participation.

Case Study

Ensuring Entitlements & alternate forms of Care: An YCDA Approach

Destiny had other things to store for Jogeswari Barad, a child of unwed dalit mother Surubali Bagarty.Her mother fall in love with a guy in her maternal uncles house & became pregnant. In spite of attempts of the village communitya result could not be arrived upona Surubaliïs uncle lodged a police complain & in anticipation of imprisonment, Ranjit the estranged lover of Surubali committed suicide. 
Then the real story began. Both Jogeswari & Surubali have to face tragic times. Because of social stigma & pressure her name could not be registered at the AWW centre. The mother & the children had to face miserable & poor condition.

YCDA then advocated for the cause of the deprived duo & provided food subsidy & health support under the Alternative Forms of Care. The staffs of the project regularly interacted with the SHG members Villagers for all round development of the children & social acceptance. Because of successive attempts of the members now the child is registered with Anganwadi services & getting 10 KG of Rice from Panchayat every month.

Recent News

Friday, 22 February 2019

A Event on “Why Family Matters:

Why Family Matters” Programme has been organized by YCDA in collaboration with Unicef, Odisha at Hotel Bhamars on 31st January 2019.The objective of the programme was to sensitize to the community stakeholders on why family matters for every child and what are the various options available in the ICPS and JJ system. Around 120 participants from District administration & govt.officials including District sub collector Mr. Bhairab sing Patel, DCPU,CWC,JJB & CCIs and understand the concept that for every child family matters and to prepare them for the sponsorship in family based care.

State Level Consultation on Standards of Care in CCIs:

A State level consultation on standards of care in CCIs was conducted on 29th January 2019 at the Hotel Suryansh . around 65 participants i.e CWCs, DCPUs & CCI personnel have been participated & oriented from Odisha..Mr Harihar Naik ,Mem OSCPCR participated in the programme as a chief guest to prioritize the thoughts of up calling the standards of care in CCIs of Odisha. As technical support the national eminent Ms. Priti Pattkar and Ms. Madhumita Dash Consultant W&CD facilitated the programme.

State Level Workshop on De-institutionalization & Transition:

A State Level Workshop on De-institutionalization & Transition has been organized in collaboration with W&CD and Unicef on 28th January 2019 at Hotel Kalinga Ashok. Around 80 CWC chairpersons & DCPUs staffs has been participated in the programme & got aware on the De-institutionalization and transition. The national eminent Ms. Nina Nayak , former chair person KSCPCR and Ms Anu Garg, Principal secretary W&CD , Dr. Monika Oldedzka Nielsen, Unicef Chief field office & Mr Rajendra Meher, Convenor YCDA-Resource Centre were facilitated the programme.

District Level Launching of Agriculture Production Cluster:

District level Launching of Agriculture Production Cluster Project, of Kantamal, has been organized at, New Collectorate Conference Hall Boudh on 8th Feb.2019 with the Chairmanship of Collector, Boudh.

Health Camps:

25 Health Camps has been organized at Boudh , Sonepur & Balangir in collaboration with Health Department in the month of October-2018 to January-2019 . With the support of L & T Financial services & SEWA Bharat, 6173 beneficiaries from 85 villages received free health check up & medicine services. The objective of the camps is to building awareness and health facilities amongst the poor peoples.

Convergence Meeting with Stakeholders on Migrants issues:

Convergence week meeting was organized at Block Conference Hall, Khariar by YCDA where Block level line department such as Block executive officers, BPM, AAO of agriculture department, PEOs and Sarpanchs participated and migrants issues have been discussed with action plan

Training Programme for Migrant SHG Members:

Training Programme was organized for Migrant SHG members on trade specific i.e Commercial Organic Vegetable Cultivation & Marketing, Commercial Mushroom Cultivation, Country Bird Rearing & Homemade Agarbati Rolling & Marketing for 30 SHG members in each trade in the month of Dec.2018 with the support of NABARD & SBIRSETI, Balangir

Inauguration of Seasonal Hostel:

2 Nos. of Seasonal Hostels was inaugurated on 1st & 2nd December 2018 by YCDA initiative where 68 school going children of migrants households have been enrolled.

Internal Examination for Adult Learners :

Conducted Internal Examination for 19862 numbers of target adult learners through 300 ALP centres and 18,236 learners have qualified in the examination for the fourth batch of ALP.

Teachers Training on CSE:

On 3rd& 4th November, the 2nd Phase Teachers training has been organized. 25 nos. of participants i.e School teachers,CRCCs & Peer Educators from 4 Respective Gram Panchayat of 8 Upper Primary School has been participated in the training programme. The main objective of the training programme was to build capacity of teachers to conduct CSE Classes on chapter 9 to 16.

Class room observations:

In 8 schools, Classroom observation of Mo Katha Mo Kahani was conducted during the month of October & November in 8 schools during the running of Sessions 7 or 8. The Classroom observation was observed by the CRCCs, School Hms & YCDA Staffs. The purpose of the exercise is to ensure quality classes and to support the teachers by giving them feedback to improve skills to conduct CSE classes effectively.

Post KAP of 1st Phase & Pre KAP of 2nd Phase curriculum with School Children:-

In the month of November, the Post KAP of 1st phase & Pre KAP of 2nd Phase has been conducted in 8 piloted schools. The part one of Mo Katha Mo Kahani curriculum has been finished successfully where 854 adolescents pre and post KAP done.


Mr. Rajendra Meher (CEO)

Youth Council for Development Alternatives (YCDA)
At/Po - Baunsuni, Tikirapada Road
Dist-Boudh, Odisha-76215, India
Tel- 9437194954/ 7750018377
Email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website : www.ycdaindia.org

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