1. Overview

    A Bold Initiative for Children

    To achieve a world in which all children grow up within protective family care and free from deprivation, exploitation, and danger, means taking bold initiative. We seek to integrate internationally recognized, evidence-based good practices into all of our international assistance initiatives for the best interests of the child.

  2. Objective 1: Build Strong Beginnings

    Objective 1: Build Strong Beginnings

    The U.S. Government will help ensure that children under five not only survive, but also thrive by supporting comprehensive programs that promote sound development of children through the integration of health, nutrition, and family support.

  3. Objective 2: Put Family Care First

    Objective 2: Put Family Care First

    U.S. Government assistance will support and enable families to care for their children, prevent unnecessary family-child separation, and promote appropriate, protective and permanent family care.

  4. Objective 3: Protect Children

    Objective 3: Protect Children

    The U.S. Government will facilitate the efforts of national governments and partners to prevent, respond to, and protect children from violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect.

  5. Supporting Objectives



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  • New Partnerships Build Roots that Help All Children Thrive

    Dec 14
    A promising new initiative in this vein, Family Care First (FCF) launched last fall with leadership from USAID. Initial programming focused on Cambodia has been collaboratively co-created with the Global Alliance for Children, Save the Children, and over 20 other local and international NGOs. 
  • The Making of REAL Men: Involving Men in Violence Prevention

    Dec 08
    Please join us for a presentation on the REAL Fathers Initiative by Kim Ashburn, Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University. 
    Tuesday, December 9
    10am Arlington, VA or call in.
  • Webinar: Mapping Social Service Workforce Training in West and Central Africa

    Dec 07
    Monday, December 7, 2015
    9:00 - 10:00am Washington DC, 2:00pm Dakar, 5:00pm Kampala, 9:00pm Jakarta

    This webinar will explore a mapping exercise carried out in 13 countries of the West and Central Africa region to inform the development of a regional strategy to strengthen the social service workforce.


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The Action Plan on Children in Adversity is the first-ever whole-of-government strategic guidance for U.S. Government international assistance for children.

The Plan is grounded in evidence that shows a promising future belongs to those nations that invest wisely in their children, while failure to do so undermines social and economic progress. Child development is a cornerstone for all development, and it is central to U. S. development and diplomatic efforts.        

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Annual Report

Seventh Annual Report to Congress: The U.S. Government Action Plan on Children in Adversity

Seventh Annual Report to Congress: The U.S. Government Action Plan on Children in Adversity

This report highlights the substantial efforts and impact of the U.S. Government’s work under the Action Plan on Children in Adversity in Fiscal Year 2013 and progress to-date in these key areas.

Photo credits from top to bottom and left to right: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP, USAID Kenya, Philippe Desmazes/AFP, Voishmel/AFP