“Positive outcomes for Orphans” is a longitudinal study of orphans and abandoned children in low and middle income countries of Africa and Southeast Asia. The focus of this study is the research of children between the ages of 6 to 12 years old is to examine the influence of life events, placements, caregiver characteristics, and cultural setting on the children’s: Behavioral and emotional adjustments; learning and development; and health outcomes.
The study can tell us much about the lives being currently lived by orphaned and abandoned children (OAC) in less wealthy nations most affected by the new OAC epidemic and what characteristics are associated with better outcomes for the children.
The aim of the POFO research study is to provide additional evidence to local communities, policymakers, and funding agencies regarding a range of optimal and feasible care options for Orphans and Abandoned children ranging from the ages of 6 and above in less wealthy nations.
In India, the research is undertaken by Sahara Centre for Residential Care and Rehabilitation in partnership with Duke University in Nagaland and Hyderabad India, since 2005. As the research team is continuing to meet the aims of POFO , the participating children are transitioning to adolescence and young adulthood. Participants have been recruited from Kohima town, Dimapur town, 15 villages in Dimapur District and 3 villages in Kohima District, Nagaland. In Hyderabad, the participants are residents of Hyderabad and surrounding districts. At each study site, 500 orphans from community and institutional settings were selected along with 50 non orphans to participate in the study.
For more information regarding the study: http://chpir.org/_homepage-content/research/pofo/