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 article from BBC News described how the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated families across India, orphaning many children.
"North Korean state media has claimed that orphans are volunteering to work in state-run mines and farms," according to this article from BBC News.
"Orphanage volunteering and the industry that has emerged to support it have contributed to a system in Kenya and other parts of the world that creates a demand for institutions and children," writes Michelle Oliel of Stahili in this opinion piece for CNN.
According to this article from CBC News, "Preliminary findings from a survey of the grounds at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School have uncovered the remains of 215 children buried at the site, the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation said Thursday."
According to this article from Bloomberg, "authorities [in India] are scrambling to get a count of how many children have been abandoned, either because their parents have been hospitalized or died or because the surviving parent isn’t able to care for them." Government officials and NGOs are concerned about trafficking risks for these children.
"China plans to restructure its child welfare services and complete the reform process by 2025, shifting the focus of the service system to the protection of minors, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said at a press conference on Tuesday," says this article from Xinhua Net.
Richard Daschbach, a now-defrocked 84-year-old US priest has been charged with sexual abuse of 14 girls in the shelter he ran in Timor-Leste. This article tells the story of one of the young women who spoke out about the abuse she experienced.
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In this article for the Guardian, Kirsty Capes tells her story of being taken into care at the age of two, and not knowing the exact reasons why.
The authors of the article call for "meaningful steps to enshrine the full intent of the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle in legislation and implementation in practice."
"The process of deinstitutionalization in Latvia is moving forward," says this article from Latvian Public Broadcasting. "The number of children in institutions has decreased three times over the past decade, the Ministry of Welfare (LM) told Latvian Radio May 12."