The Joint Council Mission

Advance the overall well-being of vulnerable children and their right to live in permanent family care.

 Who we are What we do Our Partners & Supporters Our Beliefs

Who we are

  • A donor-supported, non-profit working in 52 countries including the U.S.
  • Advocates for families and children, educators of professionals, governments and families and a service provider to families and children.
  • An international coalition of over 140 child-welfare organizations.
  • The voice for orphans around the world.

What we do

  • Joint Council helps orphaned and vulnerable children live in a permanent and safe family by advocating on their behalf, marshaling the resources they need, educating those who serve them and mobilizing those who care. Joint Council and its partner organizations provided services to 2.1 million children and families in 2010.

What we do for Children

  • Advocate for their right to live in a family
  • Raise awareness of their plight
  • Help them get the services they need

What we do for Parents

  • Provide information on international adoption
  • Lead public initiatives to resolve problems in international adoption
  • Strengthen families by providing training on important post-adoption issues

What we do for Service Providers

  • Educate professionals on standards, ethics and the latest research
  • Provide the current information on international adoption
  • Collaborate on programs to bring much needed services to children around the world and in the United States.

Our Partners & Supporters

  • As a trusted, experienced and credible organization, our partnerships with businesses, foundations, members and individual donors enable us to make an impact on children and families in 52 countries including the United States.

Our Beliefs

    • All children – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, health, nationality or socio-economic standing – have an inherent right to a safe, permanent and loving family, by birth or adoption.
    • Society, as individuals and as community, has a responsibility to ensure that every child can live, grow and flourish through family life and therefore society must respond to the crisis that is any child living without permanent parental care.
    • Our response, whether governmental, organizational or individual, must;
  • Be filled with humanity, morality, ethics and love;
  • Put the child’s best interest at the forefront of laws, policies, programs or services;
  • Include the strengthening and reunification of stable families;
  • Support the nutritional, educational, medical, emotional and residential needs of each child;
  • Reflect and respect a child’s culture, ethnicity and nationality;
  • Embrace collaboration, partnership, alliance and association;
  • Be global in policy, nature and action;
  • Serve to create a safe, permanent and loving family for each child.
  • Ensuring permanent, safe and loving families for children must be prioritized through the strengthening of the birth family, reunification with birth or related family, adoption within the local or national community and adoption within the world community.
  • While striving to create a safe, permanent and loving family through birth, domestic adoption or international adoption, our response must support and include, temporary Foster Care, Group Homes, Institutions and other secondary options for those children for whom a permanent family is not a viable option.
  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption and the Hague Guide to Good Practice all serve to provide a framework in which at risk children can be served.
  • Through ethical collaboration individuals, communities, organizations and governments can fashion a global child-centric response which strengthens or creates a permanent, safe and loving family for every child.


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