CIRCUMSTANCES OF FOSTER CHILDREN AND THEIR FOSTER PARENTS AFFECTED BY HIV AND AIDS

Adri Roux, Xoliswa Bungane, Corinne Strydom

Abstract


Problems in families and children really begin when a member in the family becomes infected
with the HI virus (Smit, 2007:8). According to Stine (2007:261), there does not appear to be an
immediate end to either the spread of HIV infection or the devastation caused by AIDS. Africa,
with about 10% of the world’s population, now accounts for 90% of all new HIV infections in
the world, while it was predicted that at the end of 2008 about 5.8 million South Africans
would be living with HIV and AIDS (Stine, 2007:285-287). According to the Department of
Social Development (2003:4), HIV and AIDS are dramatically reshaping the South African
population structure. The number of orphans as a result of AIDS-related deaths is expected to
rise (Mason & Linsk, 2002:541). This situation places a heavier burden of care on
grandmothers, female relatives, children and community members (Frohlich, in Abdool Karim
& Abdool Karim, 2005:351-354).

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