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.
According to this article from Color Lines, health officials in the state of Texas in the US “have been refusing to issue birth certificates to the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants” and a district judge has just ruled that officials can continue to withhold these documents from children. A group of immigrant families have filed a lawsuit and the case will now proceed to trial.
Sujoy Dhar and Nita Bhalla - Thomson Reuters Foundation15 Oct 2015
A spokesperson for Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity (MoC) has announced that the MoC will be terminating their adoption services in India in response to new government rules that have made it easier for single, divorced, and separated people to adopt children, according to the article.
Gerald Dean Campbell, a man from Texas, in the U.S., who served as a missionary in Malawi was arrested for “engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places” and has admitted to sexually abusing 11 children at a children’s home in Malawi where he served as general manager from 1997-2009.
UNICEF, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child2 Oct 2015
UNICEF Executive Director, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, and the Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child have issued a joint statement on Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
This article from the BBC News describes the phenomenon of child abandonment in South Korea in light of a recent change in the law which requires all births to be registered, leading many women to give birth in secret and abandon their infants so as to avoid being identified as unmarried mothers, a serious taboo in South Korea.
On 26 September 2015, PEPFAR launched ambitious new HIV prevention targets and announced that the program is now investing nearly half a billion dollars to support an AIDS-free future for adolescent girls and young women.
Family Connections, a local non-profit organization in Essex county, New Jersey in the United States, has developed a program called Reunity House, which is designed to help permanently reunify children in foster care with their parents.