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 tells the story of Amar Kanim, now an adult, who became known in the 1990s as "the little boy who had lost everything in a napalm attack" in Iraq, and his journey to find the family he thought he'd lost.
"In eastern Indonesia there are areas where almost all young mothers have gone to work abroad. Indonesians refer to these communities as the 'motherless villages,'" according to this article from the BBC.
Sam Turner - The Howard League for Penal Reform10 May 2019
This guest blog post for the Howard League, written by Sam Turner of the charity Become, explores what care-experienced young people in the UK have told the charity about their interactions with the police.
Wendy Muperi - The Christian Science Monitor10 May 2019
This article from the Christian Science Monitor describes the Zimbabwean government's efforts to promote domestic adoption amidst "the twin crises of HIV/AIDS and a massive economic decline," which have left many children without adequate parental care, and some of the obstacles to building up domestic adoption in the country, including cultural taboos.
The government of the Indian state of Kerala is considering a plan to deinstitutionalize their residential care system, reintegrating children from child care institutions into their families of origin or finding family-based alternative care options such as foster care and adoption, according to this article from the New Indian Express.
This opinion piece from the Boston Globe, written by a former foster youth, Stan Rosenberg, describes the ways in which the child welfare system in the US state of Massachusetts often fails foster children.
"Yazidi survivors groups have embraced a decision by the community’s elders to allow children who are the result of rape by members of Islamic State to return with their Yazidi mothers to their homelands in Iraq," says this article from the Guardian.