Better Care Network highlights recent news pieces related to the issue of children's care around the world. These pieces include newspaper articles, interviews, audio or video clips, campaign launches, and more.
A Malaysian welfare organization has urged the federal government to set up a special body to regulate and control illegal orphanages in the country due to exploitation and abuse of the children living in the homes.
The Economist describes some of the many issues presented by institutional care in Africa and why some African countries are beginning to shift away from institutional care and toward family-based alternatives.
Robyn Wolfson Vorster - Daily Maverick 23 Aug 2017
In efforts to prioritise family preservation, family reunification and foster care in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), adoption has become a slow process in the South African province, with only eight adoptions finalised in the first eleven months of 2016. New changes may mean more inter-country adoptions, while many domestic adoptions remain blocked or opposed by the KZN Head of Department for Social Development.
MoSD and UNICEF convened a meeting with judges, legal experts and community-based organizations to discuss strategies and plans for moving away from institutional care and strengthening Jordan's foster care system.
Harold Goodwin - Responsible Tourism Blog22 Aug 2017
Evidence illustrates that orphanage tourism comes with grim consequences for vulnerable chidlren and their families. The WTM Responsible Tourism Programme is scheduled to discuss the issue of orphanage volunteering, as well as other priority areas of concern, at an upcoming November conference.
In an interview with David Bevan of ABC Radio, child protection advocate Karen Flanagan, Save the Children, discusses the harms of orphanage tourism and funding as well as the Australian government's consideration of a ban on orphanage tourism.
Jayne Cravens reviews recent trends and developments in virtual volunteering, which offers volunteer opportunities that can be completed online. Links to numerous examples, articles, and resources are included.