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.
This video from BBC News shares the stories of parents in China's Xinjiang region whose children have disappeared, likely as part of the Chinese government's efforts to separate them from their Muslim communities.
"The US immigration system is failing to accommodate children and families seeking legal asylum," according to this article from the Guardian.
In this opinion piece for The Daily Star, Laila Khondkar - Head of Advocacy and Policy-Child Protection at Save the Children International - explains why donating money to orphanages, though well-intentioned, may cause more harm than good.
This article from InDaily highlights findings from a recent report by South Australia’s Guardian for Children and Young People, indicating that children with disabilities are overrepresented in Australia's care system.
This article from Quartz explores the work of "a trail-blazing and controversial group of scientists, pediatricians, and community leaders" trying to address the impacts of early stress and adversity on children's development and identify "ways to detect which infants are experiencing the effects of stress, and which babies are more resilient" in an effort to "help direct very limited resources to the kids who need it most."
In this blog post for Medium, Sarah Gesiriech, the U.S. Government Special Advisor on Children in Adversity, shares the U.S. Government's whole-of-government commitment to investing in the development, care, dignity, and safety of the world’s most vulnerable children as laid out in Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity: A U.S. Government Strategy for International Assistance (APCCA). "The best investment a country can make to eliminate extreme poverty, boost economic growth, and promote a peaceful society is to invest in its children. When the family unit is strong, all other goals and outcomes for children are well within reach," says Gesiriech.
This episode of "The Weekly," a tv series from the New York Times, tells the story of a 4 month-old boy who was separated from his father at the US border with Mexico as part of the US "zero tolerance" policy.
This article from The Discourse presents findings from a collaborative investigation into the child-welfare system of British Columbia (B.C.), Canada conducted by journalists from The Discourse, The Tyee and Star Vancouver in which parents were asked "whether they felt they were getting adequate support — financial and otherwise — before their kids were apprehended by B.C. social workers."
Shelters Are Overcrowded With Migrant Children. Now the Trump Administration Is Scouting Military Bases
"The Trump Administration is assessing whether military bases in Oklahoma, Montana and Georgia are suitable to shelter immigrant children who are apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border without an adult relative," according to this article from Time.
This article from the Christian Science Monitor explores the history of child removals and family separations of Indigenous families in Canada, and what Indigenous communities are doing now to break the cycle.