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.
London School of Economics Volunteer Centre 5 May 2015
This post from the London School of Economics Volunteer Centre urges people wishing to volunteer with children in Nepal in response to the recent earthquake to think first about their impact. The post shares several resources on orphanage volunteering, including links to Next Generation Nepal, Orphanages.no, The Better Care Network, Learning Service and UNICEF Nepal as well as a video on orphanage volunteering.
This post from World Vision tells the story of one mother in Nepal who was approached by strangers after the recent earthquake asking to adopt her children. The story highlights the increased dangers faced by children and families, especially those most vulnerable, after a natural disaster.
In this blog post, Family for Every Child highlights how the earthquake could see a rise in institutional care and calls for anyone supporting the situation in Nepal to prioritise families, not orphanages in relief efforts.
In his blog post, Eric Hartman from Globalsl.org highlights the efforts of actors in Nepal to discourage post-quake volunteering with vulnerable children, and also gives some guidelines for prospective volunteers on how to choose responsibly when it comes to selecting a volunteer placement.
This article from the Irish Times describes the assessment and training process for prospective foster carers in Ireland, a process which the author says is necessarily rigorous and intrusive in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children in foster care.
In this opinion piece from the Guardian, Claire Bennett from Learning Service, who lives and works in Nepal, writes about volunteering in Nepal in response to the recent earthquake and the potential negative impacts involved.