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SAYes Mentoring,

The purpose of this event series is to bring care experienced people and supporters from all over the world together to connect, expand and create new ideas for change. The Uganda Care Leavers Organisation (UCL) will lead this presentation.

Carme Montserrat, Marta Garcia-Molsosa , Joan Llosada-Gistau and Rosa Sitjes-Figueras ,

Recent international research has warned of the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on vulnerable children. However, little is known regarding the in-care population. The objective of this study was to find out how children in residential care perceived the influence of the COVID-19 lockdown in their everyday life, relationships and subjective well-being. Participants and setting: 856 children from 10 to 17 years old (Mage = 15.5, males = 71.2%, females = 28.8%) living in residential centres in Catalonia.

Becci A. Akin, Crystal Collins-Camargo, Jessica Strolin-Goltzman, Becky Antle, A. Nathan Verbist, Ashley N. Palmer, Alison Krompf,

Findings of this report suggest that early screenings for trauma and behavioral health needs may provide important information that could be used to identify children's needs, make appropriate service referrals, establish well-matched placements, and support resource parents and birth parents toward better permanency outcomes.

Mélanie Loiseau, Jonathan Cottenet, Sonia Bechraoui-Quantin, Séverine Gilard-Pioc, Yann Mikaeloff, Fabrice Jollant, Irène François-Purssell, Andreas Jud, Catherine Quantin,

In France, the COVID-19 pandemic led to a general lockdown from mid-March to mid-May 2020, forcing families to remain confined. This study found a significant increase in the relative frequency of young children hospitalized for physical abuse from 2017 (0.053%) to 2020 (0.073%).

Georgetown University,

This panel will discuss coronavirus-associated caregiver loss and the work being done by the international community, the U.S. government, and faith-based actors to support vulnerable children and turn the tide toward better care. It will be moderated by Gillian Huebner, executive director of the Georgetown University Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues.

Esperanza Lee - Harvard Political Review,

“They would always say they were coming back, but they never came back.” These are the words of Sinet Chan in her letter to the Australian government. As a child, Chan spent years in a Cambodian orphanage after losing both of her parents to HIV. Describing her experiences during her formative years there, Chan recounted being forced to entertain the constant stream of visitors from abroad by singing songs and playing games with them in order to encourage donations to the orphanage. “The volunteers were nice people, trying to help us,” Chan wrote, “But now I realise it was a form of exploitation, using us to generate funding.”

Robbie Corey Boulet - Mail and Guardian,

Nearly 200 young children have died of starvation in hospitals across Ethiopia’s Tigray region as malnutrition soars one year after a brutal conflict broke out, according to data collected by local doctors and researchers.

Pavel López Lazo - Prensa Latina Latin American News Agency,

Through November 18, as many as 1,541 Haitians have been intercepted by U.S. coast guards and returned to Haiti from the Dominican Republic, including 153 pregnant women, nine nursing mothers and 128 children, said the Support Group for Refugees and Returnees (GARR) rep.

The Guardian,

Saturday 20 November marks World Children’s Day, the anniversary of the UN general assembly’s adoption of the convention of the rights of the child (UNCRC). But despite the UK ratifying the UNCRC in 1991, many children in care are being treated in a way that violates this convention.

Brittney Johnson - NBCDFW,

Right now hundreds of kids in foster care across Texas who don't have a safe placement are sleeping in offices, hotels, churches and other donated spaces. Social workers, case managers and other employees from the DFPS are being asked to take on child watch shifts to care for them.