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Provisions For Alternative Care For Children Deprived Of Their Family Environment

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This chapter presents the provisions for alternative care for children deprived of their family environment. Articles 20 and 21 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) outline state parties' responsibilities toward children who have been deprived of their family environment. Article 20 provides for a child's right to government assistance when a child is separated from his or her family, and delineates the types of alternative care that a state party may utilize to care for the child. Article 21 specifically addresses adoption. It prescribes minimum standards for all adoptions and defines specific protections for children who are adopted through intercountry adoption. The United States currently provides alternative care to children deprived of their family environment that largely meets the standards of Articles 20 and 21. Alteration of U.S. law to fulfill the requirements of Articles 20 and 21 would be minimal.

Keywords: alternative care; child's right; family environment; United States



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