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Social Work

On-line version ISSN 2312-7198
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THABANE, Sophia  and  KASIRAM, Madhu. Child abandonment and protection of abandoned children in Lesotho: Prevention strategies. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2015, vol.51, n.1, pp.45-62. ISSN 2312-7198.

Abandonment creates risks for the wellbeing of children, while compromising their prospects for social adjustment and advancement. This implies pressure on a country's fiscal base through probable lifelong dependence on public resources. The need for prevention of child abandonment in Lesotho and elsewhere can therefore not be overstated. This article, based on research in progress, discusses possible dangers of child abandonment and neglect, using attachment theory as its theoretical grounding. It considers findings based on two samples (professionals and adoptive mothers) and offers recommendations for the prevention of child abandonment and the protection of abandoned children, with specific reference to Lesotho.

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