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.
"Victorian Minister for Child Protection Luke Donnellan announced $11.6 million for a national first pilot program which empowers Aboriginal-led teams to respond to child protection reports," says this article from the National Indigenous Times.
This article from USA Today shares the stories of international adoptees in the United States who grew up believing they were U.S. citizens, only to find that international adoption does not guarantee citizenship.
According to this article from the Guardian, a "royal commission into abuse in state care is investigating historic abuse of children, young adults and vulnerable adults by state-run institutions [in New Zealand] between 1950 and 1999, as well as in affiliated religious institutions, such as church-run orphanages."
The U.S. Global Child Thrive Act - which reauthorizes programs to provide assistance to orphans and other vulnerable children in developing countries for FY 2020 through FY 2025 - has been passed by both houses of the U.S. Congress on 8 December 2020, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and now awaits presidential signature to be signed into law, according to this article from the Ripon Advance.
In this video from BBC News, survivors of the "Sixties Scoop" - in which indigenous children in Canada were forcibly removed from their families - are mapping out their stories and finding solace in connecting with others.
In a follow-up to a previous article on an illegal baby trade in Kenya, this article explores the experiences of mothers who make the decision to give up their children to traffickers.
"California sent thousands of vulnerable children to out-of-state facilities run by a for-profit company. Reports of rampant abuse followed. Now, confronted with a Chronicle and Imprint investigation, the state is bringing every child home," says this article from the Imprint.
A recent watchdog report - which looks at the journey of children coming into care in the UK, creating stability, contact arrangements and eventually leaving care - has revealed "heart-breaking decisions about children in care," says this article from BBC News.
"While orphanages no longer exist in Western Australia, thousands of traumatised children live in out-of-home care in what some child protection staff call 'hidden' residential institutions," says this article from WA Today.
"Denmark's prime minister has apologised to 22 children who were removed from their homes in Greenland in the 1950s in a failed social experiment," says this article from BBC News.