Earning their keep? Fostering, education and work in Tanzania

Sophie Hedges was asked to write up one of her PhD papers for the IUSSP online magazine, N-IUSSP. Here’s a summary: “Fostering is common throughout sub-Saharan Africa, but the motivations for fostering and consequences for fostered children remain unclear. In northern Tanzania, Sophie Hedges, Rebecca Sear, Jim Todd, Mark Urassa, and David W. Lawson find that fostered children suffer minimal educational disadvantages, even when orphaned, and argue that strong family networks and children’s work contributions make fostering beneficial for foster carers and children alike.”