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 the Atlantic tells the story of Izidor, and others, who grew up in institutional care in Romania and the impact that has had on them as adults.
In this joint statement, Karin Hulshof, UNICEF Regional Director East Asia and Pacific and Maalla M'jid, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children express their support for the Joint Statement of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Social Welfare and Development – Mitigating impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups in ASEAN, which highlights the vulnerability of children, the need to reach them with both social protection and social welfare services and the essential role of social workers.
The government of Queensland, Australia "has formally adopted every recommendation of the coroner after an inquest into the death of abused toddler Mason Jet Lee found his case was'a failure in nearly every possible way,'" according to this article from the Sydney Morning Herald.
This article from the Chronicle of Social Change tells the story of Meritsa Sedillo - a young woman in the U.S. who found herself living on the streets after her grandparents, who were her primary caregivers, died in 2017 - and how she got access to the support and foster care services she needed only through the juvenile justice system.
A recent study from Wales has found that "pregnant women who are at risk of their babies being removed from their care in the first year of life are far more likely to have had mental health problems compared with other expectant mothers," says this article from the Guardian.
"An American Christian missionary has pleaded guilty in a US court to sexually abusing young girls at the orphanage he started in Kenya," says this article from BBC News.
The U.S. state of California has "enacted temporary extensions of foster care to ensure young adults aren’t cut off from basic needs benefits, as work, study and much of daily life remains virtually paralyzed," says this article from the Chronicle of Social Change.
"The lockdown measures have increased the risk of children [in Nigeria] becoming victims of domestic violence, bullying and other forms of abuse," says Rev Ifeanyi Mbaegbu in this article.
"A court in Seoul ruled Friday that a woman adopted by an American couple almost four decades ago must be recognized as a daughter of an 85-year-old South Korean man," says this article from the New York Times.
"Three Aboriginal community-controlled organisations [in Australia] have been announced as the beneficiaries of a $3 million program that shifts responsibility for kinship carer support from the Child Protection Department to the non-government sector," says this article from InDaily.