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If we want to protect children, we have to understand the issues threatening their well-being. Here are a few of our favourite resources.



Essentials for Childhood (CDC)

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect (CDC)

Safe Stable Nurturing Relationships (CDC)

Stolen Childhoods: End of Childhood Report 2017 (Save the Children)

Nobody is Allowed to Harm You (Lumos) - For Children

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.


2017 Trafficking in Persons Report (US State Dept)

Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking (DHHS)

Toolkit to Combat Trafficking in Persons (UN)


Children in Institutions (Lumos)

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

Ending the Institutionalisation of Children Globally (Lumos)

Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children (UN)

Keeping Children in Families (Kinnected)

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

Strengthen African Families - Uganda (Alternative Care for Children in Uganda)

Transitioning to Family Care for Children (Faith to Action)

Every Child Deserves a Family - For Children

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.

Here are some additional resources:

Ethical Volunteering with Vulnerable Children (ACCIR)

International Volunteering and Child Sexual Abuse (Better Volunteering Better Care)

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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