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"The revelations that there are hundreds of indigenous children buried in unmarked graves at the sites of former residential schools have shaken Canadians," says this article from BBC News. "They have also increased calls for changes to the country's foster care system, where indigenous children are vastly overrepresented"
"Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan is the first Indigenous group in Canada to ink an agreement with Ottawa for federal funding of locally controlled child welfare services since the Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families came into force last year," says this article from CBC News.
This study provides a deep, nuanced understanding of the lived experience and mental models of young people who have recently lived in institutional placements while in foster care. It offers an understanding of institutional placements from youths’ perspectives.
In this video from the Guardian, Leyland Cecco explains how the discovery of more than 1,000 unmarked graves on the grounds of former church-run residential schools in Canada is just the tip of the iceberg in uncovering Canada's traumatic colonial past.
This study sought to understand how intercountry adoptees with adoption discontinuity histories experience legal, relational, and residential permanency losses through the framework of ambiguous loss and trauma.
"The unmarked graves of more than 751 people have been discovered at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan, after hundreds of remains were found in other provinces in the past month," says this article from Politico.
According to this article from the Associated Press, "the [US] federal government will investigate its past oversight of Native American boarding schools and work to 'uncover the truth about the loss of human life and the lasting consequences' of policies that over the decades forced hundreds of thousands of children from their families and communities, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced Tuesday."
According to this article from BBC News, "at a US border detention centre in the Texan desert, migrant children have been living in alarming conditions - where disease is rampant, food can be dangerous and there are reports of sexual abuse, an investigation by the BBC has found through interviews with staff and children."
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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that "a tax-payer funded Catholic foster agency in Philadelphia was free to turn away same-sex couples as foster parents on religious grounds."