Ramona Denby, Efren Gomez, and Richard V. Reeves - Brookings Institution14 Sep 2017
This report explores the challenges of implementing and evaluating relationship-based interventions for young people with experience in the U.S. foster care system and presents recommendations for both practitioners and researchers for successful implementation and evaluation in the future.
Orphanage volunteers often travel abroad with good intentions, but their "help" is contributing to the growing business of orphanage voluntourism, which profits by offering opportunities to meet the demand of Westerners hoping to help children abroad. In turn, children are being separated from their families, receiving improper care, and even exploited in the process.
Momentum is building in Australia to end orphanage volunteering overseas as the voices of advocates presenting the research on institutionalization become more prevalent in the media and big businesses from the tourism industry begin to follow suit.
Raquel Barroso, Maria Barbosa-Ducharne, and Vanessa Coelho - Child & Family Social Work13 Sep 2017
This study investigated Portuguese adolescent adoptees' perceptions of their attachment relationships with their adopted parents compared to adolescents living with biological parents and adolescents living in residential care.
In this radio interview, Kate van Doore explains why institutional care is harmful to children and how orphanage volunteering perpetuates and contributes to the harm children experience in institutions.
Levi van Dam et al. - British Journal of Social Work 12 Sep 2017
This study evaluates the Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM) program, which allows youth with complex needs to nominate a mentor from their own social network to collaborate with care professionals and their families as an alternative to out-of-home placement.
Ching-Hsuan Lin and Angela R. Wiley - Children and Youth Services Review 12 Sep 2017
This study utilized data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study to examine how kinship care affects maternal stress and parenting practices in racial/ethnic and immigrant families in the United States.
Peru's Congress will debate a proposed law that would install "baby boxes" outside hospitals around the country, which would allow for infants to be abandoned safely and without consequence to the person abandoning the child; critics, however, argue that policy should be addressing the root causes of child abandonment and vulnerability, including family planning, education, and family strengthening programs.