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.
"A proposed rule by the Trump administration would allow foster care and adoption agencies to deny their services to L.G.B.T. families on faith-based grounds," according to this article from the New York Times.
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."
The International Forum for Volunteering in Development has launched the Global Standard for Volunteering for Development, which will support organizations that work with volunteers to improve their practice and their impact.
According to this article from the Guardian, paid family leave is gaining political traction in the United States.
This article from Time presents a lightly edited transcript of remarks by J.K. Rowling at the One Young World global forum in London on Oct. 24 regarding orphanage voluntourism.
This video segment from the PBS Newshour shines a light on efforts underway in Cambodia to reintegrate children from orphanages back into their families or into family-based care.
"JK Rowling has called on students around the world not to volunteer at orphanages, pointing to emerging evidence that 'orphanage tourism' drives family separation and child trafficking," says this article from the Guardian.
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.
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.
The Leicestershire County Council in the UK has published a book of short stories written by children in care, according to this article from the BBC.