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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How Connecticut Moved From Institutions to Families

Joette Katz

In this article for the Chronicle of Social Change, Joette Katz - the former commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families - describes how the U.S. state of Connecticut's child welfare agency moved from a culture of "that emphasized 'beds' and 'placements' to one that sought the right treatment in the family home or at least in the home of a relative or foster family."

European states urged to strengthen and support families before resorting to out-of-home care

Lanzarote Committee, Council of Europe

The Lanzarote Committee, the Council of Europe body overseeing the implementation by states of the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (“Lanzarote convention”), has adopted a declaration on ”Protecting children in out-of-home care from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse,” according to this news release.

Sisters who grew up in different countries in tearful reunion

Samhar Gowhar - BBC News

This video from BBC News shares the stories of Akira, 23, and her younger sister Charntay who were separated for 15 years. Akira was separated from her family by the care system for 15 years. Her younger sister Charntay was adopted abroad, whilst Akira remained in London.