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Research Studies

Research Studies are a regular and integral part of the programmes at Udayan Care, ensuring the evolution of programmes through constant monitoring and evaluation. We regularly commission independent research studies aimed at improving the various components that constitute our projects.

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A Research on The Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme by Ishani Gupta



A Research Study being conducted by Udayan Care Advocacy Team on

The Practice of Foster Care for Children in South Asian Countries

The Foster Care Team at Udayan Care is conducting a research study to better understand the practice of foster care in South Asian Countries. Given the global shift from institutional care to family-based care for vulnerable children and the lack of tangible documentation of proper practices, processes and legislatures for foster family-care in the South Asian region, our team is motivated to address this issue of lack of reference material by providing an outline of various foster care models being implemented in the said region. The findings and analysis of this study would benefit childcare practitioners, policy makers, social researchers and general public. An electronic survey technique is used to gather information from various South Asian practice and advocacy organizations, government departments and researchers working in the field of childcare. We strongly believe, a holistic understanding of various facets of foster care would help promote a stable and more predictable family foster care ecosystem in South Asian countries.

We thank you for your contribution to this important survey. Please use this link to access the electronic survey: 

1.     For Organizations click here: 

2.     For Individuals and Researchers click here : 




Essence of Relationships in Institutionalized Children Ms. Puneeta Behl and Mitali
We conduct a few research studies every year, that cover various issues related to our homes and children. One such study was conducted by the interns Puneeta Behl and Mitali, from Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Legal Aspects of Udayan Ghar Manuals an adherence to UNCRC & JJ Act
A4ID, UK, looked into the legal aspect of our Udayan Ghar Manuals and ensured our adherence to the UNCRC and JJ Act.



Research Project on Self Concept of Children- Ms. Snigdha Vishnoi

Several methods and techniques were devised for each of the age groups for evaluating their self-concept. Fun Games, Interview Schedules, Talk Shows and Role Plays were incorporated to conduct the study.

Qualitative Study on an Ideal Home Model- Ms. Vibhuti Sharma

A study was conducted to find out the efficacies of our 6 homes with an aim to develop a model of an ideal home for children. The aim of this study was to develop an ideal strategy to run the homes. Views from different stakeholders of all 6 homes, i.e. the mentor mothers and fathers, children and the caregivers and other staff members on the positive and negative aspects of their homes were incorporated.

Sense of Belongingness- Tom and Mike

Volunteers from Bath University conducted a study on children living within the Mayur Vihar Udayan Ghar for boys with an aim to understand their sense of belongingness and how it can be improved.

Individual Progress Plan

Through this plan, an attempt has been made to continuously assess and evaluate the effectiveness of our inbuilt mental health programme, to fill the gaps, wherever found, and strengthen the programme in the coming years. This programme continued throughout 2007-08 and shall proceed in 2008-09 too.

Perception of Quality of Parenting and Mental Health Programme in Foster Care Residential Homes

A paper on 'Perception of Quality of Parenting and Mental Health Programme in Foster Care Residential Homes' was presented by Udayan Care at the third National Mental Health Conference held on "Emerging trends in Mental Health of Children and Adolescents". This conference was organized by AIBHAS (Amity Institute of Behavioural Health and Allied Sciences) in collaboration with UNICEF at the Amity University Campus, Noida.



Three studies were conducted by our volunteers on various aspects of Udayan Ghars and children.

Academic Aspirations of Adolescents (girls) in Udayan Care by Jenni Lento

In order to assess the academic aspirations of Udayan girls, a study was conducted by Jenni Lento, a volunteer from Finland.

Sense of Belongingness among Udayan Care childrenby Thomas Ward and Michael Uziac

Two interns from Bath University UK conducted a study on sense of belongingness among our children in Udayan Ghar, Mayur Vihar.

Mentor Mothers Manual - by Karen Bemis

Karen Bemis, a volunteer from USA, helped us in creating a manual for our Mentor Mothers.



Four studies were conducted in four Udayan Ghars by the MSW (Masters in Social Work) students from Kurukshetra University, Haryana under the supervision of Dr. Deepak Gupta, our Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, with inputs from Dr. Kiran Modi, Managing Trustee, Udayan Care and Dr. Vineeta Bhargava, Head of the Department, Human Development, Lady Irwin College, New Delhi. Gurgaon home was not involved in these studies, since it had just been set up. The fifth research study, an extensive one covering all the five homes, was conducted by two MSW students from Jamia Milia Islamia University under the guidance of their supervisor Dr. Neelam Sukhramani, Senior Faculty at the University.

Behaviour Problems of Institutionalized Children- Sonika Miglani

The study involved assessment of the quality and direction of childcare in 4 of Udayan Care Homes (Link to T). The focus remained on how children were enabled to overcome their traumas of the past.

To study the various aspects of interaction and relationship between children and mentor mothers and caregivers- Urvashi

Child rearing includes much more than providing the child, food, shelter, and clothing, which are basic for growth. Udayan Care employs a unique model of Group Foster Care under the guidance of Mentor Mothers to provide quality childcare and rehabilitation of the abandoned, abused, orphaned children in its permanent residential homes. The study aimed at investigating the cognitive and perceptual domain of the child and Mentor Mothers, using a standard schedule consisting of open-ended questions as well.

Study on the presence of different life events and their impact on the lives of destitute institutionalized children- Karuna Gupta

Different events in our lives leave different impacts on our personality, our way of thinking, perceptualizing things, our behaviour and our responses. The study yields useful information about the status of the impact of life events on the children of Udayan Ghars.

A study on daily hassles, physical & psychological symptoms & study pattern of institutionalized children- Charu Gaba

Orphans or institutionalized children often display behaviour or conduct patterns that we generally do not come across in normal families. This is precisely the reason why management of orphanages seek the help of psychiatrists to deal with apparently errant children. For the purpose of effective investigation into the problems faced by institutionalized children in their routine lives, the present research has used the context of Daily Hassles, Physical and Psychological Symptoms and Study Pattern to know about the nature of routine problems faced by children in general and institutionalized children in particular.

Udayan Ghars Looking Ahead: Chalking Out Future Strategies- Neelam Sukhramani, Ritu Verma and Sheetal Tyagi

Udayan Care has completed a decade of its work. Naturally enough no work progresses without challenges and Udayan Care is no exception to it. The study took its roots in certain challenges that the organization was facing in the Udayan Ghars. The study has attempted to explore them further so as to be able to understand their prevalence, the reasons behind them and the nature of corrective action that the organization would need to take to deal with them.

Ghar Operating Manual

The Ghar Operating manual is a comprehensive document detailing the conceptualization, planning, requirements and execution guidelines for setting up an Udayan Ghar (Home).

Caregiver's Guide:

Caregiver's Guide is a step by step guide on the recruitment, training and motivational process for Udayan Ghar Caregivers.



Under the guidance and supervision of Mr. Vikram Dutt and Dr. Kiran Modi, the following research studies were conducted during the year 2004-05 in support of the Mental Health Programme for the Udayan Care children.

Perception of the Neighbouring Communities around Udayan Ghars about our Children - Kirti & Roopa, Interns from Symbiosis, Pune

The Udayan Care strategy of locating its Homes in middle class communities ensures that our children enjoy the experiences associated with being part of a neighbourhood. A study conducted in March 2004 recorded various parameters such as awareness levels of the neighbourhood regarding Udayan Ghars, perception of the neighbours towards the children, etc.

Perception of School Teachers about Udayan Ghar Children- Kirti & Roopa, Interns from Symbiosis, Pune

Children from Udayan Care go to very well recognized and prestigious English medium schools in Delhi and the NCR. This is done to mainstream our children with the outside world and increase their exposure to extra curricular activities and class participation. This study aimed at obtaining feedback from the teachers directly interacting with these students about their academic performance, extra-curricular activities, personal discipline and code of conduct, regularity to school, communication skills and various other parameters.

Towards Search for Self: A study of Adolescent Girls in Sant Nagar Home- Shivani A. Modi

In Feb 2004, Shivani Modi conducted a research study, to find out the level of constructive change made in the lives of Udayan Care adolescent children when rehabilitated in the Udayan Ghars as compared to their previous lives. The changes studied were lifestyle, academic performance, language and communication skills, physical and psychological health, etc., with the ultimate aim to facilitate and encourage further efforts in this similar direction.

Children's Perception of Foreign Volunteers- Laura Rauvala, Intern from University of Finland

An integral part of the Udayan Ghar Programme is constant interaction with international as well as Indian volunteers. In this study Laura, an international volunteer, has attempted to research the effects of activities, time spent and attachment to resident as well as non resident volunteers on the children.

Psychomotor Therapy- Rianke Nieuwenhuis, Dieuwke Poelstra and Christelijne Bolt from Holland

Rianke Nieuwenhuis, Dieuwke Poelstra and Christelijne Bolt from Holland in the year 2004 did tiier internship with us on Psychmotor Therapy. Psychomotor Therapy is a non-verbal therapy and uses interventions pointed to body notion in movement's activities. They performed various play activities in order to build rapport with the children of all homes. They aimed at understanding children's behaviour and other people in and around the homes and also creating a comfortable work ambience in the homes. Various leadership workshops were held with the children along with acrogymnastics and self defence. Acrogymnastics exercises assisted children in building cooperation among themselves as such exercises depend on activities of others in the exercise. Self defence exercises dealt with ways of defending in different situations.

Better Mental Health of Children in Institutional Care

A Suggestion Paper to improve the Mental Health of children in care was prepared by the Udayan Care team, based on experiences with our children. The aim of this paper was to create a training framework for adults working with children in long-term institutional care.

Effects of Attachment on children with Resident and Non-resident volunteers by Laura Rauvala

Udayan Care Children and Volunteers: An integral part of the Udayan Ghar programme is constant interaction with international as well as Indian volunteers. In this study, Laura Rauvala, a volunteer from Finland has attempted to research the effects of activities, time spent and attachment to resident as well as non resident volunteers on the children.

Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme: An Evaluation by Ms. Shramanna Mazumdar

A research study was conducted by Ms. Shramanna Mazumdar, a social worker, to review the programmeand its efficacy. The objectives of the study were to provide an overview of the Fellows' socio-economic backgrounds and to track their growth in motivational levels and positive contribution towards society.

Life Skills and Health Education Curriculum for Primary Grade Children By Dr. Sushma Batra

To ascertain the content of a multi level school based life skills and health education curriculum for primary grade children, indigenised to suit the Indian Culture, a study was conducted by Dr. Sushma Batra, Delhi School of Social Work, Delhi University.


Some more studies by Interns

Dance and Movement Therapy- Katri and Virpi, interns from Finland

Katri and Virpi, two interns from Finland did their internship in the year 2001 with Udayan Care. They performed their task in three Udayan Homes i.e. Sant Nagar, Mehrauli and Mayur Vihar. They divided the girls of Sant Nagar and Mehrauli into two groups because of their larger age difference. The study aimed at helping children build their concentration power. It also focused on helping children know about their body in greater detail, inculcating good manners, problem solving and building better interaction skills. All this was achieved through various activities such as relaxation exercises, games, trusting exercises and verbalization exercises.