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.
"The Irish government is to apologise after an investigation found an 'appalling level of infant mortality' in the country's mother-and-baby homes," according to this article from BBC News.
This article from AZ Central tells the stories of families who were separated upon entry to the United States from Mexico and shows "how families separated at the border under Trump's zero-tolerance policy continue to experience mental health problems as a result of the trauma they endured more than two years ago, mental health experts say."
"As the COVID-19 pandemic surges into its second year, advocates and experts say children with special needs and their families are seeing some of the toughest impacts," says this article from Global News.
"The US government’s policy of separating migrant families at the border has continued to wreak havoc and inflict suffering in the final months of Donald Trump’s presidency, with parents still missing, reunifications blocked and reunited families struggling to pick up the pieces of their lives," says this article from the Guardian.
The COVID-19 pandemic "has heightened challenges for multigenerational caregivers, many of whom are vulnerable to the virus while taking care of children," says this article from USA Today. "One in four children living with grandparents are Black, according to Annie E. Casey Foundation KidsCount data using U.S. Census figures."
Out-of-home care ends for many young people at 18, but there's a push around Australia to extend it to age 21
For young people in Western Australia, State-funded out-of-home care ends once those in care, as it does in most states and territories in Australia, according to this article. However, "there are currently 14 young people in care in WA engaged in a trial that continues support until they turn 21."
"Experts and state agencies say families are reluctant to take in foster children for fear of spreading Covid-19," says this article from NBC News.
The Adoption of Children (Amendment) Bill has been presented to Guyana's National Assembly of the Twelfth Parliament, according to this article from iNews Guyana.
This article from the Gazette Desk highlights findings from the annual report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection in Ireland, Dr Conor O’Mahony, which "examines both court care orders and voluntary care arrangements for children and notes that court reviews by a judge have the effect of making sure that things are done for a child in care, with more defined plans."
"Outside of the traditional foster care system exists a shadow system of potentially hundreds of thousands of children removed by CPS to their relatives or family friends—without a court case, monetary support, or due process," says this article from the Appeal which explores the phenomenon of "shadow foster care" in the U.S.