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 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.        


There are three principal objectives and three supporting objectives that promote greater U. S. Government coherence and accountability for whole-of-government assistance to vulnerable children. Learn about what we want to do to assist children and how we will implement the Action Plan.

Annual Report

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

This report report details the investments made by the U.S. Government Departments and Agencies contributing to the Action Plan on Children in Adversity (APCA) and how those investments have supported APCA's objectives.

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