Changing the World for Children: Build Strong Beginnings - Put Family Care First - Protect Children

Author: Karmen Friesen
 
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Dr. Susan Hillis, Senior Advisor for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is familiar to many who have attended the annual Christian Alliance For Orphans summits and Together For Adoption conferences.  For those of us who have the privilege of knowing her, we are spurred on by her passion and equipped by the knowledge and wisdom she brings.  When we learned that she was involved in the development of the US Government's Action Plan on Children in Adversity, we knew that this would be a document that would be relevant for all of us serving orphans around the world.  
 
I would strongly encourage you as you read the action plan summary or full action plan document to consider how it's principles and plans can impact your individual or organizational plans for caring for orphans and vulnerable children.  It has much to offer, from significant research, to these well-thought out objectives to implement as we develop our own plans and projects: 1) Build Strong Beginnings;  2) Put Family Care First; and 3) Protect Children from Violence, Exploitation, Abuse, and Neglect
 
For further insight into the report's signficance, I'd encourage you to read this introductory blog post by  Dr. Susan Hillis:

My life changed on that cold January day. It was the day my husband and I walked away from the orphanage, hand-in-hand with the first two – of our ten total – adopted children, having stepped into a realm where it is often winter and seldom Christmas.

That, though, is not what caused “The Change” to which I refer. What changed me is this: I turned around and looked back, to see a sea of faces peering through the chain-linked fence capped by barbed wire.  And this is what their hands were holding... Read the full blog post...

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