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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.

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Three Conversations Every Child Welfare System Should Have to Start 2022

Paul S. Dilorenzo - The Imprint

The first of these three conversations should be about the role of poverty and race in the lives of so many families we serve. Are we serving the right people, offering the right levels of support, in the most effective and respectful way possible? Is our agency making the appropriate distinction between poverty and neglect? And the most difficult, nuanced question: even if we backed a dump truck full of money to a home, will that financial security improve parental capacity, child safety and family well-being outcomes? Are there points of intersection with poverty, race, generational trauma, parental substance use and mental health disorders and our responsibility for child safety, permanency and well-being? Every agency should assess and have a clear view of the acceptable balance between parental responsibility and the social forces that impact child safety and family well-being.

Uganda: Schools Urged Not to Gamble With Children's Lives When Schools Re-Open

Jonah Kirabo - Nile Post News (Kampala)

"To the owners of schools, please be honest, do not gamble with the lives of children. If you have any positive cases, please declare them to their parents," Kirunda said.

Experts have urged schools to speak out in case of an outbreak of COVID-19 among learners when schools re-open on January 10, 2022.

Makerere University School of Law Don and Lawyer Robert Kirunda said that parents have a right to be told if their child tests positive for COVID19 so that they can be given timely treatment.

Family of Boy Who Died After Restraint at Center Settle Suit

The Associated Press

The family of a 16-year-old boy who was restrained at a shuttered western Michigan youth center and died two days later of cardiac arrest has settled a second wrongful death lawsuit in the case. The settlement between the family of Cornelius Fredricks and Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo was approved Dec. 29 by Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge Alexander Lipsey.

The Cost of Inaction for Youth ‘Aging Out’ of Ontario Foster Care is Estimated at $2 billion

Linda Mussell, Marsha Rampersaud - The Conversation

There are approximately 11,700 children and youth under state guardianship in Ontario. Black and Indigenous children are highly represented, with Indigenous children comprising 30 per cent of kids under Ontario guardianship alone. Each year, around 1,000 youth “age out” of the system. For many, the transition is difficult, creating lifelong adverse outcomes including low educational attainment and income, unstable housing and homelessness, worse physical and mental health and criminalization.

Cases of Runaway Kids Soar, says Railway Child Help Desk

Yeshika Budhwar - Times of India

JAIPUR: The help desks for children have been working during pandemic to deal with issues faced by the minors. Jaipur railway child help desk officials claimed that while the number of cases have reduced compared to previous years, they are getting higher number of runaway cases.

Awareness of Safe Surrender Needed to Address Abandonment of Kids: Activists

Sharmila Ganesan Ram - The Times of India

That India abandoned 6,459 babies between 2016 and 2020 does not surprise Smriti Gupta, a proud mother to two adopted children. "Likely, the actual number of abandonments is much higher," says Gupta, CEO and co-founder of Where are India's Children (WAIC), a Pune-based non-profit that is trying to create awareness about the invisible deserted and orphaned kids who never make it into India's legal adoption pool chiefly because vulnerable parents and guardians do not know that they can safely surrender the child at adoption agencies instead of leaving them at shelters.