ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Alternative Care for Children: A Case for Foster Care

Foster care is the temporary placement of a child with a foster family, which looks after the child for a limited period until the child goes into permanent adoption or back to their biological family. This article is based on in-depth interviews conducted with six foster mothers based in Mumbai. All of them have been working with an adoption and child welfare agency for more than six years, and have fostered more than eight children each. The article highlights their experiences of being a foster mother and in turn, aims to shed light on foster care as an alternative care system that needs to be encouraged.

Embracing the Ink Pen Again

A daughter rediscovers her love for ink pens as she honours her father’s memories and hopes for a plastic-free future.

Studying Childhood in India

A look at the various ideas of childhood that have been dominant in India over the past century or so, and what they mean for parenting, pedagogy and politics in the new century.

National Curriculum Framework and Its Values

In spite of the NCERT's proposed claims that its new curriculum framework with its far-reaching changes has incorporated the suggestions of academicians and teachers, it is unlikely that parents, who along with teachers form the silent and invisible stakeholders in the education process, have been consulted. This essay by a parent makes a forceful argument that education must continue to uphold those values that serve as a prerequisite for society's progress and the inherent conflict these values have with the proposed new framework.

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