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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Adoptions From Guatemala Face an Uncertain Future

Lynette Clemetson - New York Times

The United States expects to endorse the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, a multilateral treaty intended to protect children by standardizing international adoption procedures, later this year. Guatemalan Congress recently failed to pass a bill recongizing Guatemala's endorsment of the Hague Convention in 2003. Once the United States enforces the Hague Convention (anticipated early 2008), it will refuse permission to adopt Guatemalan children until Guatemala implements the treaty as well.

Asian Fusion

Elizabeth Larsen

Explores intercountry adoption from the perspective of the adoptees. Focuses on the experience of Korean adoptees in the United States.

UN Study on Violence Against Children

United Nations Secretary General

The UN Study on Violence Against Children has been launched! The Violence Study explicitly identifies children living in institutional care as being at high risk for violence. Chapter three of the report contains a sub-section on children in care and justice systems.

UN experts call for urgent action to mitigate heightened risks of violence against children

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights

"UN human rights experts have appealed to States to boost child protection measures to help safeguard the welfare of millions of children worldwide who may be more exposed to violence, sale, trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation during the COVID-19 pandemic," says this press release from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights.