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End of Childhood Report 2018 (Save the Children)


The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 (UN)



Nobody is Allowed to Harm You (Lumos)

InBrief: The Science of Neglect
(Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University)

An overview of the effects of neglect on a child's developing brain. (5:58)

ReMoved, Part 1
(Nathanael Matanick)

A short film about the life and emotions of a child going through the foster care system. (12:47)

ReMoved - Statistics
(Nathanael Matanick)

Life statistics of children with a history of abuse and sent to foster care. (0:41)

(Fight Child Abuse)

For children -- Rules to protect yourself from abuse. (3:27)


2018 Trafficking in Persons Report (US State Dept)


Misguided Kindness: Making the right decisions for children in emergencies (Save the Children)

Children in Institutions (Lumos)

Children Orphanages and Families - Research Summary (Faith to Action)

Children Need Families, Not Orphanages

Lumos Founder and President J.K. Rowling talks about the impact of life in an orphanage. (2:53)

Why We Need to End the Era of Orphanages 
(TEDx Sydney)

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. (13:25)

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. (11:40)

We All Need Families at the End of the Day
(UNICEF & Better Care Network)

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. (9:37)


For a comprehensive guide to ethical short-term missions, we recommend visiting ethicalmissionstrips.org, a website produced by ACC International.

Here are some additional resources:

Ethical Volunteering with Vulnerable Children (ACCIR)

Protecting Children in Short Term Missions: A Guidance Manual and Toolkit for Churches and Christian Organisations (ACCIR) 


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)


UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Stockholm Declaration

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - For Children

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