Children Affected by Poverty and Social Exclusion

Around the world, poverty and social exclusion are driving factors behind the placement of children into alternative care.  Families give up their children because they are too poor to care for them, or they feel that it is the best way to help them to access basic services such as education and health care. Discrimination and cultural taboos mean that girls, children with disabilities, ethnic minorities, children with HIV/AIDS and children born out of wedlock, make up a disproportionate number of children abandoned into alternative care.

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This rapid assessment from UNICEF explores the devastating, compounding impacts of economic depression, COVID-19, the Beirut Port explosions and political instability on children in Lebanon.

CPC Learning Network,

The goal of the Reconstructing Children’s Rights Institute is to raise awareness and recognition of how racism, patriarchy, and power permeate the international child rights and child protection field. Building on Conversation #1, this session expands our political imagination by delving deeper into the international children’s rights and child protection space.

CPC Learning Network,

This session’s speakers discussed the funding ecosystem’s challenges and barriers and highlighted examples of how innovative funding mechanisms are reinventing donor giving by shifting resources and power closer to the children, young people, families, and communities they are meant to support.

Sharynne L. Hamilton, Sarah Maslen, Brad Farrant, Nicole Ilich, Carol Michie - Australian Journal of Social Issues,

The Ngulluk Koolunga Ngulluk Koort (Our Children Our Heart) project conducted extensive Elder and community consultation to develop principles and practice recommendations for child protection governance in Western Australia. The authors of this paper explore these principles and practice recommendations and highlight the need for culturally safe community consultation and governance with a focus on repairing damage incurred by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community from past child protection policies.

Ghazal Keshavarzian and Mark Canavera - CPC Learning Network,

The goal of the Reconstructing Children’s Rights Institute is to raise awareness and recognition of how racism, patriarchy, and power permeate the international child rights and child protection field. This first conversation examines the larger ecosystems of international development, humanitarian aid, international relations, and peace and security, and unpacks the colonial vestiges and power imbalances intrinsic to these larger contexts.

Catherine E. McKinley, Katherine P. Theall - Research on Social Work Practice,

This article examines pilot results for the culturally adapted Weaving Healthy Families (WHF) program to promote resilience and wellness while preventing substance abuse and violence among Native American (NA) families.

Camelia Chowdhury - Adoption & Fostering,

This research focuses on Somalis living in a large English city where there is a significant shortage of Somali foster carers and adopters despite people of Somali heritage comprising a sizeable proportion of the care and city population.

Alicia Boatswain-Kyte, Nico Trocmé, Tonino Esposito & Elizabeth Fast - Journal of Public Child Welfare,

This study describes the challenges faced by a child protection agency and community organization who partnered to reduce the overrepresentation of Black children reported to the child protection agency through implementation of a parenting support program.

Kelsey Chesnut, Megan Shoji, Morgan Woods, Lanae Davis, Denise McHugh, Trevor Williams, Luther Owens, Kelli Puryear, and Jessica Trombetta - Youth At-Risk of Homelessness (YARH),

This brief is part of a series that shares strategies used by organizations that serve youth and young adults who have been involved in the child welfare system and are at risk of homelessness. It examines a multi-phase grant program to build the evidence base on what works to prevent homelessness among youth and young adults who have been involved in the child welfare system in the U.S.

Hope and Homes for Children,

This video tells the story of Kaloyan and Maria, twins who spent the first five months of their lives in an orphanage because social prejudice and poor health meant their parents could not care for them alone.