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.
This editorial piece from the Guardian calls on the UK government to conduct a review of the care system, as promised in the Conservatives’ manifesto.
According to this article from the International Business Times, the government of Haiti "is pushing to deinstitutionalize children so as to avoid the darkest sides of orphanage life -- trafficking of kids or even worse abuse."
This article from NPR describes the growing global movement to move away from orphanage care for children, and discourage orphanage visits and volunteering which often drives the separation of children from their families.
New federal legislation in Canada now allows First Nations to take control of their own child welfare, and the Saskatchewan First Nations organization is now asking the federal government to transfer funds to First Nations agencies, allowing them to set up and run high quality services in their own communities, according to this article from CBC News.
In this article for the Conversation, Nuria Mackes discusses her team's latest research on the impacts of early childhood deprivation on adult brain size and behavior.
This video from France 24 describes the long-term impacts of institutionalization on the children placed in orphanages in Romania thirty years ago.
In this segment from NPR, Efrén Olivares of the Texas Civil Rights Project discusses the lasting impacts of family separation on children and parents who have since been reunified.
In this opinion piece for the San Francisco Chronicle, Juliana E. Morris, M.D., EdM, Monica Hahn, M.D., MPH, MS, and Eva Raphael M.D., MPH - family doctors at the Family Health Center of San Francisco General Hospital and UCSF - describe the health impacts of family separations under detention.
This article from the Washington Post tells the story of Geard Mitchell, a foster youth who spent part of his childhood in a juvenile detention center.
This article from France 24 shares the story of Visinel Balan, who grew up in an orphanage in Romania in 1987 as "one of the 'Decretei' or 'children of the decree': children abandoned by poorer families as a result of the natalist policies of the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu" when he was two months old.