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.
Lumos, an international non-profit organisation founded by J.K. Rowling to help countries reform their services for disadvantaged children, has begun working with partners in Greece to help bring about reforms for institutionalised children. Lumos hosted a conference in Athens supporting deinstitutionalisation in Greece which was attended by over 70 policymakers, children’s welfare professionals, and civil society delegates.
It is estimated that 30% of the migrants and refugees who have entered Europe by sea over the last year are children. In January 2016, about six times as many people have arrived by sea in Europe compared to January 2015. As these numbers continue to climb, this article reflects on the importance of play for these children, even in their challenging circumstances.
Supported by the non-profit organisation Lumos, British Family Court Judge Nick Crichton, a pioneer of the Drug and Alcohol Courts in the UK, is advising his contemporaries in the Czech Republic as part of the overall reform process in the country to end the institutionalization of children. Nick Crichton has 30 years of experience of sitting as a District Judge and has worked with children and families. He presented at the Czech Judicial Academy, a training and education academy for Czech judges in Kromeriz, Czech Republic on 20-21 January.
As in years past, some recipients of CNN’s 2015 Heroes Awards included “ill-advised but well-meaning” people who have been involved in building and operating orphanages in developing countries. By including those running orphanages among its recipients, CNN is perpetuating the incorrect idea that orphanages are a safe place for children.
This article describes growing skepticism around the value of "voluntourists" for local communities around the work, and many NGOs are questioning the unregulated industry that brings many young, unqualified westerners to developing countries. Often, volunteers are ineffective in providing help to communities, and sometimes can even pose danger to the community members or themselves.
This article describes how many children who were put up for adoption as "orphans" in countries around the world, such as Ethiopia and Haiti, were actually not orphans, and how these incidences of "adoption corruption" have helped to change the direction of a powerful adoption movement among U.S. evangelicals. In previous years, international adoption had been a preeminent evangelical social cause in the United States, grounded in the idea of an "orphan crisis" affecting 143 to 210 million children around the world, including some that lived with one parent or extended family in poor conditions.
This short video by GHR presents information on the Children in Familes program with a focus on Cambodia. GHR's grantees are supporting child protection interventions that strengthen families in order to prevention separation of children from their families.