About Hopeland

Our history & purpose.

A world where every child grows up in a safe, loving family.

Hopeland was founded by Deborra-lee Furness and Nicholas Evans in 2014.

Hear about how it all started.

2015: The first Campaign – “All Children Count But Not All Children Are Counted”

2016: The Declaration of Dependence launched.

Hopeland pioneers innovative solutions and builds new partnerships to prevent family separation, reunify children who are separated from their families, and mobilize a movement of families to support children who are growing up outside of family care.

Hopeland is committed to finding new ways to prevent parent-child separation and reunify families. For example, Hopeland plans to work with female-head households in reducing the risk of parent/child separation and bring children placed in orphanages or living on the streets back home.

Hopeland partners with the most ethical, innovative, and disruptive companies and non-profit agencies that are already reaching families at scale.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hopeland?

Hopeland is a non-profit organization committed to building a world where every child grows up in a safe, loving family.

What does Hopeland do?

Hopeland pioneers innovative solutions and builds new partnerships to prevent family separation, reunify children who are separated from their families, and mobilize a movement of families to support children who are growing up outside of family care.

What kind of innovative solutions does Hopeland develop?

Hopeland is committed to finding new ways to prevent parent-child separation and reunify families. For example, Hopeland plans to test whether direct cash transfers to female-head households can reduce the risk of prevent parent/child separation and bring children placed in orphanages or living on the streets back home.

How is Hopeland mobilizing families to provide more support?

At Hopeland, we believe that family is the solution. For every child growing up without a family, there are 80 families in the world. Many of these families want to be part of the solution, but they don’t know how, and Hopeland wants to find much easier ways to help them. For example, we are exploring new ways to incentivize families to provide a broad range of support to children in foster care, to children being raised by their grandparents and to young people aging out of foster care. Support ranges from offering regular school support and/or cultural/sporting outings to a child in foster care, to giving grandparents raising their grandkids regular breaks from the daily grind, to helping a child aging out of foster care with rent and/or a job.

How does Hopeland build new partnerships?

Hopeland partners with the most ethical, innovative, and disruptive companies and non-profit agencies that are already reaching families at scale.

What is Hopeland doing about orphanages?

80% of children in orphanages have living parents and family poverty is often the reason that children are sent away. Hopeland wants a world without orphanages and is committed to finding ways to strengthen the families at greatest risk so that they are not faced with an impossible choice. If our campaign of cash support to single-mothers can reduce the risk of orphanage care and increase the chances that children who have been placed in orphanages come back home, there will be a strong case for shifting investment away from orphanages to direct cash transfers to strengthen vulnerable families. It is 8 times less expensive to raise a child in a family versus an orphanage and exponentially better for the child.

Where does Hopeland work?

Hopeland’s current campaigns are focused in Kenya, Africa and in the United States. Hopeland remains committed to working in any country with a sizable population of children growing up without family care.

Is Hopeland a foster care or adoption agency?

Hopeland is not a foster care or an adoption organization. However, works closely with leading foster care and adoption agencies and Hopeland is committed to mobilizing US families to provide more support to children living in foster care, including through adoption.

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