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 issue of the BCN Newsletter focuses on child and youth participation and perspectives, highlighting research and other resources that include the voices and experiences of children and youth in care or who have been in care, as well as those resources that examine the participation of children and youth in the alternative care system or offer guidance on how to engage children and youth and facilitate their participation in decision-making.
This issue of the BCN Newsletter focuses on the criminalization of children and young people with experience of alternative care, highlighting research and other resources that point to the higher likelihood of involvement in the criminal justice system among care-experienced young people in several countries.
This issue of the BCN newsletter focuses on children with disabilities, highlighting presentations from the UN Human Rights Council Side Event on Promoting Quality Alternative Care for Children with Disabilities, reports from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, and the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on "empowering children with disabilities for the enjoyment of their human rights," among other resources related to children with disabilities and care.
This issue of the BCN newsletter highlights recent learning from deinstitutionalization and household economic strengthening projects in Uganda, studies on alternative care practices in Cambodia, and other relevant resources on children's care from around the world. It also features relevant news, events, videos, and job postings.