Throughout the year, the BCN Secretariat disseminates alternative care publications, news, conferences, events and job postings via the email listserv announcement. The listserv membership has expanded from just over 300 participants in 2003 to over 4,400 in 2020. Nearly 400 non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, bi-lateral agencies, academic institutions, and foundations are represented.
This month’s issue of the Better Care Network newsletter is published in partnership with the Government of Kenya, the National Council for Children’s Services (NCCS), the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, the Department of Children’s Services, and UNICEF Kenya, with support from Changing the Way We Care. It features the voices of several key stakeholders, including those with lived experience of residential care, in order to tell the story of care reform efforts in Kenya.
This month’s issue of the BCN newsletter, published in partnership with Eurochild, provides insight into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable children and families - including children in alternative care - and highlights recommendations for prioritizing children in COVID-19 recovery efforts across the globe, with a particular focus on Europe.
In this newsletter issue, the Better Care Network continues to share tools, guidance, information, and other resources regarding children's care and protection during the COVID-19 pandemic as practitioners, policymakers, and other key stakeholders work to respond to the needs of children and families impacted by this crisis.
This issue of the BCN Newsletter produced in collaboration with the International Parent Advocacy Network (IPAN) features new evidence and resources highlighting the role parent participation, and parent advocacy in particular, can play in strengthening children’s care and protection. Parent advocacy in child welfare is when parents with child welfare experience promote parent participation and the rights of parents and children through case, program and policy advocacy.