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 opinion piece from the Guardian - written by Matthew L Kolken, an immigration lawyer and an elected member of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association - the US federal government has contracted the defense industry to provide childcare to children who have been separated from their parents as they've crossed over the border into the US from Mexico.
This article from Quartz takes a historical view of orphanages in the United States, reporting that orphanages often separated children of color at disproportionately high rates as compared to white children and that most of the children housed in orphanages during the time of their use in the US had at least one living parent.
National Indian Child Welfare Association20 Jun 2018
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) calls on the Trump Administration to acknowledge that ending the policy of systematically separating children from families at the border is not over until every child is reunited with their parents and found safe and unharmed.
This article from NBC News shares perspectives of several child development researchers and other experts, including Nathan Fox (a child development specialist at the University of Maryland and one of the primary researchers in the Bucharest Early Intervention Project), regarding the impacts of family separation on children.
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University20 Jun 2018
Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child has issued a statement calling the US policy of "sudden, forcible separation of children from their parents" a "deeply traumatic" experience for both children and parents.
US officials have begun sending babies and young children, whom they have separated from their parents upon entry into the US over the border with Mexico, to "tender age" shelters, according to this article from the Guardian.
Catholic bishops across the United States have spoken out against the US policy of family separation and detention of children at the border with Mexico, according to this post from Catholic News Service.
UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner19 Jun 2018
UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Pūras, presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva calling for an end to the routine "locking up citizens because of stigma, prejudice or health conditions."
"I know from experience that the Trump-sanctioned brutality at the US border with Mexico will scar its child victims for life," says Yoka Verdoner, a Holocaust survivor, in this opinion piece for the Guardian.