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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  • The Power of Open Data: Ending Child Labor in the Digital Age

    Sep 30
    Please join the U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday, September 30 at 8:30 a.m., as Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher P. Lu releases the Department’s 2014 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor and launches a new mobile application, Sweat & Toil.
  • Event - Child Protection: Peace Corps and the Global Community

    Sep 21
    In honor of Child Protection Month and to celebrate Peace Corps’ newly adopted Child Protection Policy, Peace Corps is hosting an event at their headquarters, 111 20th ST. NW, Washington, DC, 20526
  • Unveiling a New Superpower

    Aug 13
    Susan Bissel, the Head of the Child Protection Division at UNICEF, hosts a TED Talk related to Objective 3 of the Action Plan for Children in Adversity, which details her experiences stopping child labor, child trafficking, and domestic child abuse throughout the globe. 


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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.

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