If we want to protect children, we have to understand the issues threatening their well-being. Here are a few of our favourite resources.
InBrief: The Science of Neglect (Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University)
An overview of The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain, a Working Paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.
ReMoved - Short Film - Nathanael Matanick
A short film about the life and emotions of a child going through the foster care system.
ReMoved - Statistics - Nathanael Matanick
Life statistics of children with a history of abuse and sent to foster care.
Secrets - Fight Child Abuse
Rules to protect yourself from abuse.
Children Need Families, Not Orphanages (Lumos)
Lumos Founder and President J.K. Rowling talks about the impact of life in an orphanage.
Why We Need to End the Era of Orphanages
Tara Winkler speaks out against the spread of orphanages in developing countries caused by the good intentions of foreign donors, and of harm that comes to children when they are separated from family and left to grow up in institutions.
Trafficking Into Alternative Care - Better Care Network
Kate van Doore, researcher and lecturer at Griffith University School of Law and founder of Forget Me Not, describes the process of 'paper orphaning,' a term coined to characterize how children are recruited and trafficked into orphanages to gain profits through international funding and orphanage tourism.
We All Need Families at the End of the Day - Better Care Network
Presented by Better Care Network and UNICEF, this video tells the story of Maureen, a young girl in Kenya who was separated from her family and sent to live in a children's home.
For a comprehensive guide to ethical short-term missions, we recommend visiting ethicalmissionstrips.org, a website produced by ACC International.
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GIVING TO CHARITY
Does Giving to Charity Do More Harm Than Good?
"Please, stop giving to (bad) charities!" Instead, learn how to truly support those in need. (Allan Brown, TEDx Kanata)
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