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.
In this piece for the Guardian, Lauren Parker, a finalist in Coram Voice’s creative writing competition for young people in care, writes about her experience of becoming a parent while in foster care.
The Associated Press reports that a "notorious South Korean facility that kidnapped, abused and enslaved children and the disabled for a generation was also shipping children overseas for adoption, part of a massive profit-seeking enterprise that thrived by exploiting those trapped within its walls."
Tribal families get priority in Native American adoptions. An appeals court will decide whether that’s fair.
The constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) - a law meant to prioritize the placement of Native American children up for adoption with members of their family, their tribe or other Native American families - is now being challenged in the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, according to this article from the Washington Post.
"Thousands of children in care whose immigration status will be affected by Brexit could find themselves in the UK unlawfully, facing homelessness, immigration detention or deportation, an immigration legal charity has said," says this article from the Guardian.
In this article for Forbes, Christine Ro describes how "orphanages are the main cause of the unnecessary separation of children from their families" and discusses the recent launch of Lumos' #HelpingNotHelping campaign which calls for an end to orphanage volunteering.
"A federal judge has ruled that the [US] government must provide mental health services to thousands of migrant parents and children who experienced psychological harm as a result of the Trump administration’s practice of separating families," according to this article from the New York Times.
Despite guidelines in place to prevent it, children's care homes in the UK continue to use the police as a “respite service," and children in residential care homes are 10 times more likely to be criminalised than other children, according to this article from the Guardian.
In this opinion piece for Youth Today, Regina Williams, a clinical assistant professor of counselor education and program coordinator of higher education administration at North Carolina Central University, describes the Career and College Readiness Self-Efficacy Inventory (CCRSI), which can be used by professionals seeking to enhance the career and college readiness of adolescents aging out of foster care.
As part of The Public's Radio series Living In Limbo, this segment features one family working to get the care their youngest foster child needs.
According to this article from BBC News, "children over the age of 16, often in care or formerly so, are increasingly being placed in unregulated homes in England and Wales," putting them at increased risk of exploitation and abuse.