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 comprehensive long-form article from Indian Country Today explores the history of family separation in the Indigenous communities in the United States, including the forcible placement of Native children into boarding schools in the 19th century, the "Indian Adoption Project" of the 1950s and 1960s, and the current overrepresentation of Native children in the US child welfare system.
An estimated 95,000 children in Rwanda are believed to have been orphaned during the genocide of 1994, according to this article from BBC News which tells the stories of some of those children, now adults, who are searching for living family members.
According to this article from the New York Times, "it may take federal officials two years to identify what could be thousands of immigrant children who were separated from their families at the southern United States border, the government said in court documents filed on Friday."
A letter addressed to the UK home secretary from 45 NGOs – including Unicef, the Children’s Society and the NSPCC – has expressed “extreme concern” about the rate of self-harm and suicide among unaccompanied minors in the UK, according to this article from the Independent.
Through the story of one woman, Zara, this article from BBC News highlights a growing trend of parents in the UK (particularly pregnant women) who flee to other countries in the fears that, if they stay, their children will be taken into care.
In this opinion piece for the New York Times, Sindy Flores, a mother and migrant to the US from Honduras, writes about her experience of family separation in the US.
This article from the Daily Nation shines light on "the multi-million-shilling child trade industry" in Kenya that "has been thriving for years," specifically targeting poor families.
This article from the Guyana Chronicle describes the work of Guyana's Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) to ensure that children are properly cared for and protected and that their right to a family is honored.
In this piece for Thomson Reuters Foundation News, Lumos Senior Advisor, Chloe Setter, writes about recent strides made to include orphanage trafficking in the UK's Modern Slavery Act.
The UK Home Office is introducing a new scheme requiring the registration of EU nationals after Brexit, putting children in care and other vulnerable children in danger of slipping through the cracks, according to a report from Coram Children’s Legal Centre.