Our Mission

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

Who we are

A donor-supported, non-profit working in 52 countries including the U.S.
An international coalition of over 140 child-welfare organizations.
A voice for orphans around the world.

What We Do

Joint Council and its Partners in 52 countries work to end the suffering of children who live every day without the safety and love of a strong permanent family.

Why We Do It…

The most vulnerable…and ignored…children in the world are the ones living outside of permanent, safe, nurturing family care.  They are trafficked for sex and labor.  They commit suicide at a high rate.  They too often end up in jail or on the street.  Children with disabilities are most often relinquished to an institution and languish there for a lifetime… or die an early death…alone.   It is these children whom we serve.

How We Do It…

We bring our mission to life through programs and services designed to ensure children live in safe permanent strong families.

  • Government Relations in the U.S. and Internationally – to advocate on behalf of forgotten children
  • Building Capacity – by educating professionals, convening  child welfare officials from around the world and developing a new cadre of like-minded leaders.
  • Educating and Engaging the Public – through social media, web based learning and our signature event—Make Change For Children.

Our Beliefs

Our beliefs are not the same old blah blah.  They represent the basis for all of our work and guide our programs, services and positions on critical issues facing children in adversity.

All children – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, health, nationality or socio-economic standing – have an inherent right to a safe, permanent and strong family.

Society, as individuals and as community, has a responsibility to ensure that every child can live, grow and thrive 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;
  • Serve to ensure 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, national community and world community.

While striving to ensure a safe, permanent and strong family 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.


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