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 “orphanage” voluntourism and highlights research and other publications on tourism and volunteering in children's residential care centers (or "orphanages”), including activities, updates, and new resources from the Better Volunteering Better Care Initiative and its members.
In this edition, BCN announces the launch of a Special Issue of the Journal Global Social Welfare on "Measuring Better Care: Building the Evidence to Inform Policy and Practice Around Children's Care", edited by BCN and CPC Learning Network. This newsletter also explores research and news highlighting the controversial role of "Baby Boxes".
In this edition of the newsletter, BCN and the MenCare Campaign highlight the recently launched State of the World's Fathers report, along with other research and resources relevant to men and fathers as caregivers.