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Table 2 Attitudes related to fostering, by caregiver group (n = 371)

From: Barriers and incentives to orphan care in a time of AIDS and economic crisis: a cross-sectional survey of caregivers in rural Zimbabwe

  A: Foster caregivers (%) B: Africare parents (%) C: Control parents (%)
Willing to foster:*    
   Grandchild 92 84 87
   Sister or brother's child 84 82 89
   Other relative's child 77 73 80
   Friend's child 47 47 46
   Neighbor's child 34 36 44
   Child from community 31 35 33
   Child from church 30 31 30
   Child from home region 28 29 30
   Stranger's child 26 23 24
   Any child in need 10 3 1
   Would not foster a child 1 5 1
Important factors in a fostering decision:    
   How closely the child is related to you 53 49 44
   Financial resources or assistance 46 55 55
   Child's health 21 18 26
   How well you know the child 16 11 15
   Child's behavior 15 20 12
   Child's age 14 13 18
   Child's intelligence 10 11 11
   Child's gender 4 4 4
Single most important factor:    
   How closely the child is related to you 34 26 34
   Financial resources and assistance 32 35 25
   Child's health 9 12 15
   Child's age 7 9 12
   Child's gender 7 2 4
   Child's plight 2 2 3
   All are important 4 7 4
What could prevent fostering suitable child:    
   Nothing could prevent it 54 45 43
   Lack of financial resources 40 46 47
   If child is HIV-positive 7 10 10
   If child is ill 5 8 3
   If child is disabled 3 8 4
   Sacrifices biol. children would have to make 3 3 3
Good reasons, other than financial, not to foster:    
   Will cause problems in household 29 28 18
   Not my responsibility 18 16 19
   Don't have strength 17 16 15
   Child might have HIV/AIDS 13 7 16
"If taken into good homes, orphans will probably live good, successful lives."    
   Agree 80 85 68
   Disagree 15 11 29
Main reason for taking in an orphan:    
   There was no one else to care for the child 71 NA NA
   Love of the child 16   
   Family duty 11   
Difficulties resulting from fostering:    
   Financial difficulties 64   
   Emotional strain or ill health 4 NA NA
   No difficulties 30   
Best thing about fostering:    
   Satisfaction of doing your duty 53   
   Satisfaction of helping the child 37   
   Joy of having this child in the family 22 NA NA
   Material benefits 11   
   Closer relationship with child 10   
   Respect of family and community 6   
   A full life 4   
  1. Note: May not sum to 100% because of multiple responses and rounding.
  2. * Caregivers who said "Any child in need" were also counted in other categories.