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.
Human Rights organisations call for withdrawal of NCPCR directive to restore children from CCIs back to their families
According to this article from the Times of India, 778 civil society organization and individuals working on issues concerning human rights of children have issued an open letter calling for withdrawal of the letter from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights seeking restoration of children lodged in children homes in eight states back to their families.
"A recent review by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory highlighted a lack of preparation and ongoing support for special guardians, who are often asked to care for children with complex emotional and behavioural problems in challenging circumstances," writes Louise Sims - kinship care and fostering consultant at CoramBAAF - in this article from the Guardian.
According to this article from the Times of India, all states in India, including Tamil Nadu, have been ordered by the National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to send all children in child care institutions back to their parents within 100 days.
According to this article from TheJournal.ie, immigration experts have warned that "children in care and modern slavery victims who are EU citizens could 'fall through the cracks' and lose their right to live in the UK after Brexit."
This article from BBC News tells the stories of transracial adoptive families in which parents of color have adopted white children, and the issues they have faced.
In an interview with NBC News, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed discussed the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls, including the increase in child marriages and abuse.
This letter, published in the Irish Times, calls for "a high-level national working group to address the cross-departmental responsibilities of the State to children in care, with a specific focus on meeting their holistic educational needs in a coordinated way, across all age levels."
This article from KQED describes how the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted efforts to reunite families separated by U.S. immigration policy.
Rep. Patricia Williams of the US state of Florida, a foster parent herself, is calling on the governor of Florida and the state Department of Children and Families "to institute a moratorium on young people aging out of the foster care system, to help them avoid the two-pronged health and economic crises of COVID-19 without state support," according to this article from the Miami Times.
“If the government takes a kid out of their family, we make a commitment to that child that their life will be better because of the government interaction,” said James McIntyre - who "spent 17 years in the custody of the Illinois Department of Family services" - as quoted in this article from the Nation.