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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  • Introduction to Child Safeguarding

    Jan 21

    Please join us for the free professional development webinar: Introduction to Child Safeguarding
  • Emerging models in community-based early childhood development for children ages 0-3

    Jan 21
    Join the discussion! Visiting field staff from one of Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) ECD projects in Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya will be sharing and facilitating discussions around community-based early childhood development interventions.  Come join the discussion and enjoy a free lunch too!
  • Africa’s Research Center on Children Opens in Kampala

    Oct 15
    On October 15, a center for excellence for the study of the African child was established at Makerere University in Uganda. Launched by Gender Minister Karooro Okurut and developed by the CPC Learning Network with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID's) Empowerment and Inclusion team, Wellspring and Oak Foundations, the center aims to establish strong partnerships to join evidence with action to promote child well-being across Africa.


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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