The Problem

The Problem

Today, we face a Global Child Welfare Crisis, which many consider to be the greatest human crisis of our lifetime. While many debate rhetoric and statistics surrounding this problem, a lack of concrete information makes it difficult for anyone to accurately quantify the exact number of children who have lost (or are at risk of losing) adequate care and protection. However, this number has been estimated anywhere from tens of millions to over one hundred million children worldwide. Without worldwide collaboration, this number will surely grow.

Children in institutional care experience significant physical and psychological developmental delays. These losses can be amplified by a lack of prenatal care, malnutrition, or a lack of health care. Some studies have shown that children who have experienced institutionalization but are returned to family care can regain early developmental losses. Though these institutions are working their hardest to give these children the best possible futures, lack of resources, connectivity, and organization often prevents timely reunification of child and family. Beyond that, for those children in need of families there are families within their home countries as well as all over the world who are eager to adopt. Both Ends Believing is working to connect both ends of this issue.

We decided the key to overcoming a problem of this magnitude was to gain a deeper understanding of the needs of the individual countries experiencing this crisis on a daily basis – leading to the development of our Global Working Group. In our conversations with child welfare leadership from twenty countries at the 2014 BEB Symposium at Harvard, we discovered several important pieces of information:

  • The most critical issue raised by almost every country was a lack of available information on their orphan and vulnerable children population. Without knowledge of the macro numbers regarding vulnerable children in the country, the child welfare officials were finding it difficult to address the issue.

  • These leaders and their staffs are driven, caring, and intelligent people that simply lack the necessary foundation of information to successfully design and execute individualized plans for the reunification or placement of vulnerable children with families.

We have deployed the Children First software platform as a foundation upon which the world can begin to confront the global child welfare crisis. If every vulnerable child were to be registered in Children First:

  • We would have accurate census data on each country’s vulnerable children, allowing for more accurate aid efforts both nationally and internationally.

  • Each country could begin individualized planning processes for each child in order to provide every child a family with the capabilities to love and care for them.

  • Global child trafficking would be reduced as orphans and vulnerable children would be identified, profiled and diligently monitored until united with a family.

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