Child Fosterage Dynamics: Fostered Children’s Well-Being and Challenges in Selected Households in Lagos State, Nigeria

Adediran Daniel Ikuomola, Adekunle Ajasin University

Trend and outcome studies of fostering practices and child labour often overlooked the issue of child labour in fostering practices. Thus the study examines child fosterage dynamics in selected households in Lagos state, Nigeria. Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods, the study exposes how children are being used as economic support by foster parents and the exploitation of the socialization process which sees fostering as part of the upbringing of a child. Major findings from the study revealed that child labour is on the increase and the effects were negative on the children. Findings were linked to the downturn of the economy which prompted child labour as a coping strategy. On the whole, child fostering was viewed as important. Based on these findings, the study suggested that there is need for policies and interventions to eradicate child labour among foster parents in major in city centres and commercial outlets.

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  Presented in Session P2. Poster Session 2