Children and Orphans

To help define the large task of assisting the children of Haiti the following can be considered classifications and distinctions to assisting the children.

  • § Separated children are those separated from both parents, or from their previous legal or customary primary care-giver, but not necessarily from other relatives.  These may, therefore, include children accompanied by other adult family members.
  • § Unaccompanied children are children who have been separated from both parents and other relatives and are not being cared for by an adult who, by law or custom, is responsible for doing so.
  • § Orphans are children both of whose parents are known to be dead.  In some countries, however, a child who has lost one parent is called an orphan.

Source:  Child Protection Working Group Guiding Principles

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