Child Care and Protection System Reforms

Social welfare sector reform is increasingly common, particularly in transitional countries in Central and Eastern Europe.  Increasing attention has been paid to the development of preventive community based child and family welfare programs that would, in coordination with health and education programs and social assistance, provide a range of support for vulnerable families.   

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The Opening Doors for Europe’s Children,

Based on the information gathered throughout the course of the Opening Doors for Europe’s Children campaign, this final report first reflects on: (1) the rationale for the campaign and how it operated; (2) the progress towards child protection system reform across campaign countries as well as the developments at the EU level; and (3) the lessons learnt from the campaign and some final recommendations to the European Union.

HBO Films,

The Finding the Way Home documentary highlights the painful realities of the eight million children living in orphanages and other institutions around the world, telling the stories of six children in Brazil, Bulgaria, Haiti, Nepal, India and Moldova who have found their way into the care of loving families after spending periods of their lives in an institution.

Better Care Network,

This country care review includes the care related Concluding Observations adopted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Andrew M. Winters, Crystal Collins-Camargo, Becky F. Antle, A. Nathan Verbist - Children and Youth Services Review,

Children who enter out-of-home care are at risk for trauma and behavioral problems, however the child welfare and behavioral health systems do not effectively communicate to provide evidenced-based treatment. This case study describes a project that addressed these concerns.

The Kenya Society of Care Leavers (KESCA), the Uganda Care Leavers (UCL), Better Care Network, and Changing the Way We Care,

This webinar - presented by the Kenya Society of Care Leavers (KESCA), the Uganda Care Leavers (UCL), The Better Care Network and Changing the Way We Care - offered policy makers, practitioners, advocates and careleavers a unique opportunity to listen and learn from two leaders of careleaver associations who highlighted two recent documents that illustrate the careleaver experience within and outside of care.

Joyce Y Lee, Terri Gilbert, Shawna J Lee, Karen M Staller - Social Work,

The purpose of this article is to provide an introduction to social workers of child welfare reform by class action lawsuits and subsequent consent decrees in the United States.

Better Care Network,

This country care review includes the care related Concluding Observations adopted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as part of the Committees' examinations of the periodic reports of India. 

Murli Desai - Rights-based Integrated Child Protection Service Delivery Systems,

The aim of this module is to learn about children without parental care and the need for rights-based Integrated Alternative Childcare Centres.

Lumos,

This report from Lumos defines the global problem of institutionalization of children - including the factors that drive it and the harmful impacts it has on children's physical and cognitive development - and proposes global solutions in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Astraea Augsberger, Julie Sweeney Springwater, Grace Hilliard Koshinsky, Kelsey Barber, Linda Sprague Martinez - Children and Youth Services Review,

This study examined stakeholder views on the key elements and challenges of youth participation in policy advocacy in the context of a US multi-state current and former foster care youth coalition.