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Working Together to Keep Vulnerable Children on the Global Agenda

The biennial meeting of all Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) is scheduled to take place in June in Kigali, Rwanda and Hopeland has been working with a group of like-minded organizations to ensure that care reform for children without parental care is on the agenda.

Rwanda has made great progress and has been a global leader in curtailing the use of orphanages, and instituting alternative positive interventions to allow every child to grow up in a safe family environment. Since 2012, the country has closed 25 of 39 orphanages. This means that the next CHOGM meeting will be a great opportunity to highlight this issue and see the governments of one-third of the world’s population take action to support the most vulnerable children.

CHOGM is an important meeting where key decisions impacting the 2.4 billion people who live in the Commonwealth are made. It is also an important opportunity for development focused non-profit organizations (such as Hopeland) to make progress on vital goals.

For example at the last CHOGM in London in 2018 Hopeland’s CEO had important meetings with various officials that allowed us to develop our international work.

However, as with all other gatherings large and small – the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is threatening the event and may mean there is a need to postpone until 2021. Africa is beginning to confirm more cases of the COVID-19 disease and Rwanda has just this week ordered a shutdown of the type we have seen in Europe and North America.

In any case, Hopeland is part of the Civil Society Working Group for Care Reform in the Commonwealth which has been working together to ensure that children without a safe, loving family are supported and in the hope that a policy agreement can be made on the importance of ending orphanage care and ensuring family care is valued across all 54 commonwealth countries.

This work has included Hopeland’s Campaign Director taking part in monthly video calls with colleagues in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Australia to ensure we do all that we can to get this issue high up the CHOGM agenda. The group is drafting text that highlights the importance of taking action in this area, outreach to various organizations and officials involved in planning the event, and working together on the possibility of a side event at CHOGM to highlight this vital issue.

Of course the safety and well-being of the people of Rwanda and all those who would attend the event is the most important thing – but when the event is able to go ahead we hope to be able to advocate for this vital issue on the global stage. 

Hopeland Recognized for Outstanding Women’s Advocacy

On International Women’s Day, Hopeland was honored to be awarded the EPIQ Women’s Advocacy Award in recognition of our work to empower safe, loving families, and the women who play such an important role in them.

Hopeland is a proud recipient of the EPIQ Women’s Advocacy Award

The award ceremony took place as part of the New York City Bar Association’s International Law Conference on the Status of Women at the Bar Association’s Headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. The event saw influential female speakers from around the world speaking on what there was to celebrate in the fight to defend and expand women’s rights but also highlighting what more needs to be done.

Hopeland’s CEO Nick Evans (center) with board members Raegan Moya-Jones (left) and Fiona Bassett (right)

Hopeland was delighted to be included amongst some incredible winners, from fighters for justice for Yazidi women to those making waves in the boardroom and the United Nations! We were moved by their stories of injustice, and inspired by their fight to change the world.

As part of the conference, Hopeland’s newest Board Member Fiona Bassett spoke about the gender economics separating women from their children and Hopeland’s work to tackle this. Fiona is a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank’s subsidiary DWS and is widely recognized for her leadership and innovation in the financial services industry receiving acclaim from American Banker, the Institute of International Finance, Mutual Fund Industry and Crain’s New York Business.

Addressing the room, Fiona said “Hopeland is seeking to effect change through policy, through advocacy, and through campaigns that focus on mobilizing a movement to support the most vulnerable to family separation, to deliver better futures to people, and drive long term equality and opportunity”.

Fiona Bassett addresses the NYC Bar Association on Hopeland’s work

Hopeland’s number one policy goal is to prevent family separation. This forum, which focused on the progress of women internationally, was a particularly significant one at which to discuss this issue because if we improve the lives of women worldwide we also can reduce family separation.

Extreme poverty is the major factor in causing family separation and the World Bank tells us it is one that affects women and girls disproportionately. For every 100 boys in extreme poverty there are 105 girls and, extraordinarily, in the key childbearing age cohort of 25-34 there are 122 women in extreme poverty for every 100 men.

Additionally, female-headed single parent families are more likely to be vulnerable to family separation – in Indonesia for example 75% of single-headed families are female-led and those families are three times more likely to live in poverty.

This fact and the high prevalence of family separation (up to 500,000 children are growing up apart from their families) is why Hopeland’s global work is currently focused on Indonesia.

Hopeland and our partners are developing a landmark intervention to evaluate the impact of community support and economic empowerment tools as a cost-effective solution to address the drivers of family separation, and improve the overall wellbeing of at-risk children and families, with a special focus on households living in poverty.

Fiona discussed this work at the conference and encouraged support for it. The initiative is incredibly important because it aims to support some of the most vulnerable families in Indonesia whilst also developing vital data to change the way the world cares for families vulnerable to separation. If successful our first of its kind project can disrupt a centuries old funding model that supports orphanages and other institutions.

For too long international development and philanthropic efforts have promoted efforts that too often hurt not help vulnerable children – Hopeland is working to change that and so we were proud to be involved in such an important event and to have the opportunity to spread the message of our work.

Better Ways Champions, Thea Ramirez

Thea Ramirez has never been one to take the easy route. She is an incredibly dedicated CEO, wife and mom of three kids who balances the hundreds of daily tasks involved with running her successful non profit organization. After talking to me today, she had to prepare a dish for a potluck event at her kids’ school that afternoon, get on a weekly stand-up call with her tech development team and then meet with donors, to give you just a snapshot of a normal afternoon for her.

“I am a clinical social worker by training and originally had my sights on becoming  a counselor” Thea tells me, but quickly realized this wasn’t her calling, finding a job as a director of a private licensed infant adoption agency. This would set her on a path to founding Adoption-Share, the non profit organization that created the Family-Match program.

It was the Family-Match program that connected Ramirez with Hopeland when we worked together on a screening of Instant Family in New York. Ensuring every child has a safe, loving family is a cornerstone of both organizations.

Adoption-Share

Thea’s early experiences in adoption fueled a passion to create an organization that is really upsetting the apple cart, first in private infant adoption and now in foster care.

“I had gone into private infant adoption thinking this was going to be amazing, it’s going to be helping families and kids but actually found it to be an industry with a lot of money changing hands, a lot of attorneys coming to hospital rooms and giving out checks”. “It just felt wrong”, said Ramirez, explaining that she felt called to action by a feeling that it wasn’t enough to just leave that job behind but that she had to do something to truly help – “that something became Adoption-Share.”

“I launched the organization right after having my second child,” Thea remarked, “there’s no better time when you’re not sleeping anyways, so I maximized the hours between 1am and 6am for the first six months and did everything to get it off the ground.”

What needed to change?

I asked Thea to paint us a picture of what needed to change.  “In the early days, when I was just starting out, I knew I needed a way to cut around the industry-like arm of the private infant adoption agency that really demanded families go to a brick and mortar organization; pay thousands of dollars; and then get a number and wait in line.”

“What made it worse is that these families would think they were in a line, but you’re not in a line, you’re in a pool and that pool is not objective, it’s very subjective. In some cases you’re chosen not necessarily even by an expectant parent you’re chosen by what is in the best interest of the agency and how they can best optimize their pool of financial dollars.”

Adoption-Share ringing the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange

On the other hand, Adoption-Share says as long as you have a home study and you’ve been licensed by a child placement agency that’s licensed in your state you should be able to work with any licensed agency in the country. It was this realization that led to the creation of an online network to provide a way to allow home study approved families to work directly with licensed child placement agencies.

Was there a special moment that told you it could work, I asked Thea? “I think that the kicker for us was when we had two active duty parents in the Air Force who had just completed their home study and were both deployed, get matched on our network while serving overseas. 42 days after coming home stateside from their deployment they were holding their son for the first time in a hospital room!”

Great moments like these generated a lot of publicity for the organization, they were featured on CNN and invited to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. “What we were doing was unheard of, people were finalizing an adoption through our online network within eight months of starting their home study process.”

Creation of Family-Match

“The publicity that grew with the success of our online network for private infant adoption resulted in child welfare leaders approaching our team. They wanted to find out if they could leverage our solution for private infant adoption to help children in foster care with a goal of adoption get matched with a permanent, loving family through adoption.

We quickly realized that though a completely different process, the barriers keeping children from achieving permanency through adoption in the foster care system mimicked what we had seen in the private infant adoption community.  Families are being corralled into pools whereby they are visible only to the placement workers from their own agencies. This fragmentation of an entire population of waiting resource families is where we saw an opportunity for the biggest improvement. You literally have families in every state across this country waiting longer to adopt kids from foster care than the kids are waiting to be adopted. For decades we have misdiagnosed the issue as having a lack of demand when truthfully what we have, and what we are helping correct through our Family-Match Program, is solving what is fundamentally a connection problem.”

Family-Match is solving the connection problem by helping workers more efficiently and appropriately connect waiting children with waiting families. Designed as a centralized repository or common platform for an entire state, Family-Match leverages its proprietary compatibility assessments authored by former senior researchers from eHarmony to help ensure that to the extent possible matches made on Family-Match are matches that can last a lifetime. By using algorithms and digital technology to place children with the best families who are going to provide the stable, loving home a child needs Adoption-Share has really changed the way we leverage data for child welfare.

“Family-Match is operating currently in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in the State of Florida with plans to hopefully roll out in Tennessee as well. About eight other states have reached out to find out how to start the process.”

Adoption Awareness Month

This interview was timed to coincide with Adoption Awareness Month and Ramirez told me that Adoption-Share wants to use November to highlight the waiting families, families that are approved and licensed, families who have gone through the arduous process of becoming home study approved and yet their homes are sitting empty.  “We should be putting those people up on billboards and interviewing them on the news.”

If you’re inspired by Adoption Awareness Month then “there are ways that people can step up and help. It could mean becoming a respite family, someone who can give another foster parentor adoptive parent a date night or a weekend off from fostering”.

“There needs to be an army of people that are just willing and licensed and safe to take in kids to give people the respite that they need. And then there’s other ways: offering to transport kids, mentoring, you know, there’s so many ways that people can help”. You can find out more about the need to mobilize American families to support vulnerable children here.

A Reason to be hopeful?

Is there a reason to be hopeful I asked at the end of our interview. “Absolutely! I would not be doing this without that as the very  beacon we are all running towards. There has not been a more solvable problem that can be achieved in our lifetime. We know mathematically that the numbers are there.  There are over 120,000 kids in this country that have a goal of adoption and we know that the number of willing and interested families is over 200,000.

“Ensuring every child with a goal of adoption knows the warm embrace of a forever family is something that can be achieved.”  Indeed, for those reading with a desire to learn more- Thea is eager to tell you how. For more information go to adoption-share.com

 

Hopeland Featured at the United Nations on World Children’s Day

World Children’s Day marks the date in 1989 that the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child and this year’s celebration of the 30th anniversary was an incredible event with Hopeland featured prominently.

Hopeland’s Co-Founder Deborra-lee Furness speaking in the un General Assembly Hall marking World Children’s Day

Hopeland was delighted to be a part of the celebrations this year which saw UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors David Beckham and Millie Bobby Brown speak about the importance of Childs’ Rights and Hopeland’s inspiring Co-Founder Deborra-lee Furness introduce our friend Keala Settle who sang her anthem ‘This Is Me’.

As part of the event Hopeland unveiled a sculpture that is standing in the lobby of the UN General Assembly Hall – where tens of thousands of people can see it every day as they come to work at or visit the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The sculpture of Hopeland’s ‘Child With Kite’ logo was timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child because the images of families on the eight kites recognizes the many families that can provide a safe, loving home to vulnerable children around the world.

There are at least 25 million children globally separated from their families but many millions more who with the right support can care for these children. Hopeland works to support these children and mobilize the world’s families to take action.

The installation was created by local artist Jon Mulhern and the photographs were kindly provided by the renowned fashion photographer, Nigel Barker. Special thanks go to our friends at UNICEF and the countless families that support the work of Hopeland and children around the world.

Hopeland’s Co-Founders Deborra-lee Furness and Nicholas Evans also took the opportunity to catch-up with UNICEF’s Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, about Hopeland’s work with our friends at UNICEF.

It was an honor to be involved in such an important day which highlights the inspiration we can all take from the world’s children and how vital it is that we listen to them when making decisions that will impact children the most.

Hopeland Advocates for Change During Foster Care Awareness Month

May is Foster Care Awareness Month and it could not come at a more important time. Foster families across the country are stepping up for some of the most vulnerable children in our society. Nonetheless, the foster care system is in crisis as the number of children in need of care is rising year after year. We need better solutions to give these young people the future they deserve.

Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for youth whose parents are unable, unwilling, or unfit to care for their children. This situation can be caused by a wide variety of factors but the annual U.S. Government AFCARS report tells us the major reasons for foster care are neglect, parental drug abuse, and physical abuse – amongst others such as housing scarcity, parental incarceration, and alcohol and sexual abuse.

In the U.S. we have rightly moved on from orphanages. The question remains however, how much better for youth is foster care if many of those placed in care bounce from home to home and many are never reunited with their family or placed into an adoptive family that can give them the love, and the stability, that they need.

This lack of stability only worsens as the number of children entering foster care continues to increase. At the end of 2017 there were 442,995 children in foster care – a number that has increased every year since 2010. If we are to achieve a world in which every child has the safe, loving family they deserve then this number needs to reduce, not increase.

The most significant factor in this increase is the number of children entering the foster care system due to the opioid crisis. Every year since 2015 (when this was first measured) the number of children needing foster care because of parental drug abuse has increased. The latest figures show 36% of children entering foster care in 2017 came from a situation with parental drug abuse. With no clear solutions from government this number will likely only continue to increase.

Of course this factor only adds to the instability of foster care and a lack of permanence for our most vulnerable youth – something they need more than anything. This instability also means too often governments struggle to retain enough foster parents to give the youth in their system the care they need.

By reducing the number of children entering foster care, particularly by tackling the impacts of the opioid crisis, and increasing the number of foster families available to provide support we can improve the lot for these children who need our help the most. That is what Hopeland is working to achieve.

There is a reason to be hopeful, however. In NYC, where Hopeland is based, the Administration for Children’s Services has overseen a dramatic decline in the number of children in foster care from 16,854 in 2007 to 8,732 now. That means thousands of NYC children now have a permanent home to call their own that will allow them to be their best and thrive.

Hopeland will continue to advocate for policies that will achieve this success nationwide. We believe working towards systemic change is the only viable solution – simply stepping in when the problem is at its worst is neither sufficient, nor sustainable. Together we need to tackle these issues at root to ensure a better future for every vulnerable child. Follow us on social media throughout May to learn more about this important issue and what we can do.

Better Ways Champions, Peter Kamau

Hopeland’s Campaign Director interviews Peter Kamau in the first of our Better Ways Champions series

Peter Kamau jumps out from the crowd in most rooms he stands in with his infectious personality and ear-to-ear smile. When you meet him you might not expect to find out that from the age of three to 18 he lived with his five siblings in an orphanage in Kenya.

“I may come across as well established with a success in the advocacy work that I am doing,” Peter tells me, “but the reality is that I’m an exception and not the norm, the norm is that hundreds and thousands of children in orphanages and those that aged out of the system are struggling or have lost hope for life out there.”

Kamau founded the organization Child in Family Focus and is part of the advisory team at the  Kenya Society of Care Leavers – pushed by his desire to help those who found themselves in the same difficult place that he and his siblings were.

A Childhood Spent in an Orphanage: A Dream Which Never Came True

“The loss of my mother when I was six weeks old and my daddy a year later left me together with my five elder siblings in need of care and protection.” Tragically losing his mother in a building collapse and then his father soon after left Peter and his five elder siblings in need of care and support. It wasn’t immediately forthcoming, however.

Peter Kamau spent his youth in an orphanage – now he is working to end the practice

The Children’s Court ordered that his two eldest brothers be placed in a reformatory for boys in conflict with the law and his two eldest sisters in a similar institution for girls, even though none had any behavioral problems or action against them. Meanwhile Peter and his youngest sister were placed in a home for children with disabilities. “After losing our parents we were separated from each other for two years in very inappropriate facilities,” Kamau recalled, “contact with our siblings during these years was a dream which never came true.”

It would take a further two years for the six siblings to be reunited in one orphanage and even then the housing of children according to their ages meant that “interactions with my brothers and sisters was limited to weekends and field visits and on occasions during mealtimes.”

Sadly Peter says that this “separation and limited interaction with my elder siblings is still felt today – there is no tight bond with my siblings and it can take over six months before we check on each other. Our eldest brother’s suicide in the year 2007 was a wakeup call for me and my remaining siblings to look out for each other often.”

Aside from this Peter feels his years in the orphanage were a “bittersweet experience with a share of highs and lows,” yes he had peers to play with and engage in mischief but he tells me “a lot of this mischief was so that we could get attention, as any attention was better than none.” Being one of thirty children cared for by two house mothers who worked in shifts meant it was very hard to get the attention, love, and care as well as guidance that is needed for a happy and healthy childhood.

“We never lacked material things, the biggest lack was love and attachment from consistent caring adults.”

The Inspiration to Work for Change: Family is the Most Important Source of Love

Knowing what children growing up in orphanages really need is the love and care of a family inspired Peter to turn down a career in communications and instead return to work for nine years in the orphanage that he had lived in.

Peter uses his communications skills to spread the message that safe loving families are what children need most

Peter remembered being a child in the orphanage and the impact that seeing his friends being introduced to foster and adoptive families had on him, “I kept hoping that I would be next, every time visitors came to the orphanage to visit or bring donations was an opportunity to be at my best behavior so that I could increase my chances of being loved and taken into a family.”

In spite of what he knew about the needs of the children separated from their families he says that “a lot of the referrals that we got were from the chiefs and leaders in the communities for children who had one or both parents still alive.” Poverty, not the loss of their parents was the primary cause for them to be in an orphanage.

“Family is the most important source of love, it is the most important source of attention” knowing that these children had families who could be caring for them compels Kamau to continue his work.

Peter’s Connection to Hopeland

Hopeland is a proud member of ReThink Orphanages, a global coalition aiming to change the way we care and bring awareness to the damaging reality of orphanages. This is how we came into contact with Peter who plays a starring role in the documentary film ‘The Love You Give’. You can watch and share the film here.

Peter sharing his experience of being raised in an orphanage, and the work he is doing now, at the screening of ‘The Love You Give’

I asked Peter whether being involved in this project inspired him? “Definitely” he beamed back. “Because I got a platform where I could get the message to a bigger audience in the interest of vulnerable children.’’ What do you hope people watching the film will gain? “I believe that it will bring forth mindset changes that will give them a better understanding of the issue of orphanages and voluntourism.”

By having the chance to work with Kamau it became clear that his work and Hopeland’s has a lot in common. While Hopeland is a global non-profit finding better ways to keep children in families, Kamau tells me that Child in Family Focus has a similar mission “to uphold every child’s right to family based care and see a Kenya where Family Based Care for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children is the norm rather than a privilege.”

“What Hopeland and Child in Family Focus is doing as well as other organizations is a much needed job that is aimed at making a world of difference to children, it continues to be an inspiration for me.”

What Needs to Change: Would I Want this for my Child?

We have the wrong perception,” Kamau preaches towards the end of our interview: “that orphanages have more to offer than children’s families.”

How can this be the case, I asked him? As he says in ‘The Love You Give’, poverty is an incredible push factor for separating children from families in Kenya and around the world. “It is not only material poverty,” he says, “sometimes it is a poverty of the mind of thinking this is the right thing to do.” It is Kamau’s mission, which he shares with Hopeland and the whole ReThink Orphanages coalition, to change this thinking.

Kamau is aware that the problem is especially pervasive however, “Kenya has laws that allow children to benefit from alternative family care such as foster care, guardianship, and adoptions. However, many unscrupulous orphanage managers and directors retain children in their facilities to attract donations and volunteers, in effect perpetuating harm on the children, perpetuating more separation of children from their families, and also perpetuating the mushrooming of these facilities.”

I had to ask him: what would he say to those still donating to orphanages? “I commend the donors for their generosity and commitment to care for vulnerable children”, Kamau begins. However, “I respectfully ask them to pause for a moment and take a retrospective look at individual children that have gone through the orphanages that they fund: can these children be accounted for as leading successful lives? The benchmark should be – would I want this for my child?”

A Reason to be Hopeful?

Peter Kamau with Hopeland’s Co-Founder, Deborra-lee Furness. Hopeland will continue to work with Peter and those working to bring an end to orphanages

“A reason to be hopeful,” Kamau says, “is first and foremost there is momentum, there is a shift in the way people care for children. Many different countries are engaging in care reform efforts.”

Peter is a man of faith, in fact as soon as our interview ended he was hosting a fellowship group at his house, and he tells me that he takes hope from scripture, specifically Proverb 23:18 which says There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

“Even for the children growing up in the system today there is hope and it will not be cut off and thanks to organizations like Child in Family Focus, Hopeland, and Better Care Network, amongst others there is surely light at the end of the tunnel for these children, and not an oncoming train.”

Hopeland’s CEO Speaks at the European Parliament

Hopeland’s CEO & Co-Founder, Nick Evans, recently had the honor of being invited to address the European Parliament on foster care and adoption policy in the digital age. He was joined by Thea Ramirez from Adoption Share who spoke about her organization’s ‘Family Match’ program which uses technology to make it easier for loving families to adopt or foster children whilst increasing placement stability and better outcomes for everyone.  

Hopeland’s CEO Addressing the European Parliament

The invitation to speak came from Emma McClarkin MEP who has represented the UK’s East Midlands constituency in the European Parliament since 2009. She is a member of both the Parliament’s International Trade Committee and the European Parliament’s delegation to the United States. She has been a committed supporter of protecting children, including by campaigning on tackling the online exploitation and by hosting this event – which was the first ever event at the European Parliament to discuss adoption policy.

McClarkin’s event, which was a forum to discuss how technology can facilitate connections in adoption policy in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, was attended by numerous Members of the European Parliament (MEP). These included Syed Kamall MEP (UK), Daniel Dalton MEP (UK), Baroness Nosheena Mobarik MEP (UK), Ulrike Trebesius MEP (Germany), Bernd Koelmel MEP (Germany), and Sean Kelly MEP (Ireland). Commenting on Twitter after the event, Kelly said that the speeches had highlighted “the importance of good childhood experiences and family life.”

As part of the event Evans and Ramirez gave a presentation entitled ‘Pioneering innovation for foster care and adoption: How big data and technology can drive better outcomes for children and families.

Nick Evans Arriving in Brussels

Evans used this opportunity to highlight impactful data about children separated from families – for example there are 25 million children globally who are separated from their families but a staggering 385 million more at risk due to extreme poverty. Further, it is a fact that more than 80% of children separated from their families have living parents and it is eight times more expensive to raise a child in an orphanage as opposed to a family. This ‘big data’ shows us that there is huge potential to relocate resources away from damaging orphanages and towards family based care – whether this is family reunification, adoption, or foster care.

Speaking after the event, Evans said, “It was a privilege to be able to address the European Parliament on this important issue. We have seen significant success around the world on supporting children separated from families, for example with the passage of the Modern Slavery Act in Australia. I call on the European Parliament to take action themselves to support family strengthening programs like those I spoke about today and ensure that every child has a safe, loving family.”

Hopeland Partners with Paramount Pictures

Hopeland is excited to announce that it has been working with Paramount Pictures to promote awareness of issues related to foster care, adoption, and reunification in the USA following the release of their new movie, Instant Family.

The movie is directed by Sean Anders and stars Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne and was inspired by the true story of Sean and his wife Beth’s journey of adopting three children and the trials and joys that came with it.

In conjunction with Paramount Pictures, Adoption Share, and MDC Productions, Hopeland hosted a screening of the movie in NYC followed by a Q&A with Sean and Beth Anders, Hopeland’s Co-Founders Deborra-lee Furness and Nick Evans, and Adoption Share’s Thea Ramirez.

Left to Right: Hopeland’s Co-Founders Nick Evans & Deborra-lee Furness; Sean & Beth Anders; and Adoption Share’s Founder Thea Ramirez

As well as being a hilarious comedy the movie tackles difficult issues such as the trauma children experience as they move from foster home to foster home, the damaging effects that substance misuse has on families, the fear and rejection that children experience, and the difficult decisions courts have to make as they decide outcomes for children.

After the screening, Nick Evans said, “The movie powerfully tackles the subjects of foster care, reunification, adoption, parenthood, and what it means to be a family. I have not laughed and cried so much in a while!”

If you want to learn more about the making of the movie you can watch a featurette about Instant Family here:

Hopeland’s Annual Gala Raises Awareness

Hopeland’s 2018 Gala was a beautiful, and powerful, event bringing together some of NYC’s biggest hitters to hear how Hopeland is finding better ways to keep children in families while enjoying performances from Ari Afsar and Keala Settle.

The room was packed in spite of one of the earliest snowstorms in New York City’s history that brought six inches of snow and many downed trees.

Dr Bertice Berry speaking passionately about Hopeland’s mission

The crowd heard from Dr Bertice Berry, the host for the evening, who’s powerful story of how she adopted her sister’s children to prevent them from ending up in the foster care system moved us all. This was of course not an easy task for her but she told the gala, “We have the power to make a difference in a child’s life – that’s why we’re here tonight.”

Ari Afsar

The first musical performance of the evening was from the up and coming artist Ari Afsar who is best known for playing Eliza Schuyler in the hit musical Hamilton. She performed ‘Dear Theodosia’ which was particularly apt for the evening as it is a song in which Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr speak to their children about their hopes for the future. The lyrics “If we lay a strong enough foundation, We’ll pass it on to you, We’ll give the world to you, And you’ll blow us all away”, speak perfectly to how children, with the support of a safe, loving family will thrive and do incredible things. This is exactly why Hopeland works to ensure every child has the support they need.

“Just because you didn’t cause the problem, doesn’t mean you can’t be part of the solution.” Hopeland’s CEO and Co-Founder, Nick Evans, used this call to action to rally those in the room to support our cause – based on donations on the night the call was heeded. Nick ran through Hopeland’s achievements in 2018 – read more here – and it is already looking like a great 2019 for Hopeland thanks to our many generous family members.

Keala Settle

“Hopeland is about making sure every kid has someone that is fighting for them” were the words of Hugh Jackman as he introduced the star of the evening, The Greatest Showman’s Keala Settle. Keala spoke about what Hopeland means to her and then sang Mariah Carey’s ‘Hero’ and of course ‘This Is Me’ – the inspirational hit of 2018.

Keala’s incredible voice got the whole room on their feet and sent Hopeland’s supporters home with Dr. Berry’s mantra in their ears: “when you walk with purpose, you collide with destiny”. We all came together with the purpose of keeping children in families and thanks to our collision at the gala we have a stronger Hopeland family for 2019.

How Being Thankful Can Empower Families

Hopeland is proud to announce that in partnership with Thankful we will be a leading organization in the #Thankful4Women campaign.

The spirit behind the campaign is that the mere act of being thankful has the power to increase attention, mood, energy, and many other important aspects of our lives. If we stopped more often to be thankful for what we have our world would be a happier, more peaceful place.

We all have a lot to be thankful for and we at Hopeland are especially thankful for the many inspirational and impactful women in our lives – that’s why we’re part of this campaign! We believe that by empowering women and girls they will strengthen their families and allow them to grow.

Check out some of the beautiful posts people from all corners of the globe have already posted here!

Take a moment to be #Thankful4 an amazing woman or girl by:

  1. Letting us know about them on social media by posting on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook
  2. Tag the person you’re thankful for as well as @OurHopeland and @Thankfulorg
  3. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Thankful4Women so we can celebrate them together!
  4. Encourage your friends to share and post their own messages!

Check out our pinned Instagram story for a template that you can use!

We’re thankful for our amazing Co-Founder Deborra-lee Furness and the many other women who are fighting for justice. Thankfulness is a virtue we can all appreciate the strength of; it encourages us to practice gratefulness and truly value the sweet and tender things in life – like a safe, loving, family.

We hope you will join this incredible campaign!

UN Secretary General Wants to Make Sure All Children are Counted

All children count but not all children are counted. In 2016, Hopeland rallied a campaign with these words and, in partnership with over 160 different organizations, pleaded that the United Nations reconsider its approach to counting the numbers of vulnerable children in the world. You can read more about the campaign and why it is important here.

By putting pressure on the UN, Hopeland and its partner organizations successfully prompted new methods of collecting data that ensured that vulnerable children, no matter their circumstances, were accounted for. This meant street children, children in unregistered orphanages, refugee children and any child that would otherwise remain invisible should now be considered when monitoring the SDGs.

But now we need to keep applying that same pressure.

Just last year the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, called for a huge increase in funding so that all countries can meet the targets and provide adequate data to show that they are doing this for every person in their countries. His 2018 report, just released, however shows that there is much more work to do. We need to raise our voices for all the children, even those the global community isn’t listening too, so we can hold global leaders accountable and ensure they follow through on their commitments.

Mr. Guterres says in the foreword of the annual report “in some areas, progress is insufficient to meet the Agenda’s goals and targets by 2030.” Sadly, he adds that “this is especially true for the most disadvantaged and marginalized groups.”

Specifically regarding the results of the ‘All Children Count’ campaign the Secretary General says that “Today’s technology makes it possible to collate the data we need to keep the promise to leave no one behind” but yet we have not seen enough progress to be confident that all children will be counted by 2030.

Guterres says we need to “inject a sense of urgency”, Hopeland couldn’t agree more and supports his call for more “political leadership, resources, and commitment to use the tools now available.”

You can be sure that we will keep the pressure on – because nothing can be more important than making sure that all children are counted, not just those who are easiest to find.  

– Andrew Stone

Deborra-lee Furness: Disruptor

What happens when you’re unafraid and willing to lift the voices of vulnerable children around the world?

Well, add some passion, charm, and a genuine desire to ensure that children have safe loving families, as well as a few secret ingredients and you have our Co-Founder: Deborra-lee Furness, who was honored earlier this week at the 2018 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards.

 

The ‘Disruptor Awards’ honor those who are unafraid to go against the grain to fight for the causes they believe in.  This year’s honorees included 11-year old March for Our Lives activist, Naomi Wadler, influential music journalist and late night TV drummer, Questlove renowned HBO Documentary film director and female activist, Sheila Nevins and our very own Deborra-lee.

“There are 157 million orphans in the world and of these numbers 80% have at least one living parent. We’re going to the root of the cause and getting creative with solutions that will derail negative trajectories.” she said as she walked to the stage to accept her award – a bright red hammer, meant to symbolize the unabashed confidence each of the disruptors exhibit when standing for their causes.

“We are working on prevention, reunification, and mobilization because we believe every single child deserves to belong in a loving family and have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.” she continued.

You can also watch this video of Deborra-lee on the red carpet after accepting her award. She jokes: “I used to be disruptive as a child, I got detention, and now they’re giving awards for it!”, but we all know that she really deserves this award and are so proud of her and her amazing work!

You can find more about the Disruptor Awards here.

The World Needs Better Solutions for Children in Orphanages

On March 8th, the world collectively recognized women who empower and strengthen one another by celebrating their social, economic, cultural, and political achievements.

For Hopeland, this recognition lasts year-round and is an integral part of our identity; which is why we’ve developed the FAMILY Campaign. As part of FAMILY, Hopeland will provide financial support to some of the most impoverished women in the world, truly empowering them to make decisions that are best for their families.

But why is such a campaign needed?

Often the poorest women in the world face difficult choices about whether they can keep their children with them at home. Sadly many women face such hardship that they are forced into an incredible bind where they truly believe their children are better off in an orphanage than at home.

Unfortunately, the fact that more than 80% of children in orphanages have at least one living parent is testimony to the fact that this is happening every day.

This means children in orphanages quite often aren’t “orphans” at all – and it absolutely stings to think about how detrimental institutionalized care is for the growth of the child:

  • For every three months spent in an orphanage a child loses one month of brain development.
  • Children in orphanages are often exploited for tourist dollars. This is disgusting, especially when you consider that orphanage tourism can lead to children developing attachments to strangers they’ll never see again – perpetuating feelings of abandonment
  • In many cases, children living in orphanages are being denied basic supplies of food, education, and safety

If poverty is causing family separation and putting children at risk of abuse, trafficking, and violence then we can all agree that something must be done.

There is not enough awareness of the reality of orphanages and that solutions do exist.

Hopeland is working to prevent children from being placed in orphanages in the first place, to reunite the 80% of children in orphanages who have living parents, and to mobilize families around the world to care for those who truly have no one.

Together we can follow through on the commitments made on International Women’s Day and ensure that even the poorest children in the world have a safe, loving family, not a life of despair and abuse in an orphanage – all thanks to the fierce and powerful mothers that we – and you – have supported.

Finding Better Ways to Tackle Family Separation Globally

There are an estimated 25 million children growing up without their families around the world, including 8 million in institutions, 12 million on the streets, and 5 million trafficked or unaccompanied minor refugees. The reality is that most of these children, even those in orphanages have living parents.

Imagine the hardship you would have to go through before you felt that it was better for your child to be separated from you than living in your loving care and you will know the importance of helping the poorest mothers in the world.

Sadly there are many reasons why this heart-wrenching separation happens but some of the major factors are poverty, forced displacement, and lack of education. This month Hopeland is bringing specific attention to these issues because we are committed to working with others to advocate for children suffering without the loving care of their family.

We know from research by UNICEF that children make up nearly half of the 900 million people worldwide living in extreme poverty. Even those children who are not yet separated from their families are at daily risk of becoming the next child who will grow up alone. We at Hopeland can’t accept even one more child facing that situation.

There are many ways that vulnerable children around the world can be helped – for example a child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5. By tackling the causes of poverty, not just the symptoms, we can make it easier for families to stay together, making lives for children around the world safer.

The All Children Count campaign shows how Hopeland can partner with other organizations to change thinking. Our campaigns help children and families across the world and here in the US – you can read more about our FAMILY campaign and how together we can find better ways to keep children in families. This month, if you can imagine how painful it would be for your child to grow up without your love and support, please take time to support Hopeland by sharing our story.

New Campaign Launches at Hopeland’s Premiere Annual Gala

A fantastic evening was had by all at Hopeland’s Premiere Annual Gala. The fabulous event space at 10 Hudson Yards was packed with some of the biggest names in New York City who joined us to celebrate Hopeland’s successes and future.

The highlight of the night was the official launch of Hopeland’s groundbreaking partnership with fellow non-profit GiveDirectly who are one of the leading names in direct cash transfers. Hopeland’s Co-Founder Deborra-lee Furness was proud to make the announcement to the filled-to-capacity room.

Our partnership with GiveDirectly is a campaign to test whether direct cash transfers can reduce family separation and as a result help to prevent children from being placed in orphanages, trafficked, or forced to live on the streets.

We have created a short highlights video of the evening which you can see below:

It was a very successful launch that raised a lot of money for the campaign as well as raising awareness and publicity for our campaign. We were even mentioned by Kathie Lee Gifford on the Today Show the next morning!

Hopeland’s cause is to find better ways to keep children in families. The evidence in favor of direct cash transfers as an effective poverty reduction tool is overwhelming which is why we are working on this campaign. The mothers in Kenya who will be impacted by this program typically live on just 70 cents a day – we believe that if we can empower women with direct cash transfers that could more than double their income then we can prevent family separation and all the terrible things like trafficking, abuse, and homelessness that come with it.

Please follow this link to learn more about our global work, share Hopeland’s story, and get involved.

All Children Count, But Not All Children are Counted

All Children Count Campaign Update:

Hopeland’s first campaign, All Children Count, was launched at the Global Citizen festival in New York City in September 2016 and has already shown our scope to shake up the status quo and find better ways to keep children in families.

As you can see here, Children without family care experience deficits in physical growth, cognitive function, neurodevelopment and social-psychological health. These children are the most vulnerable but many of them are outside of households, living in orphanages, trafficked or on the streets. They are invisible. Because they are not in a household, they were not being counted by the UN and did not have equal right when it comes to delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals.

That is why we partnered with like-minded advocacy organizations, such as Lumos, to campaign for the UN to change the way they approach monitoring the SDGs. Our launch at the Global Citizen festival reached an audience of over 166 million people via broadcasts on MSNBC and other channels in addition to press and media coverage. The hugely successful #AllChildrenCount also promoted this issue around the world and straight to the front door of the UN.

We were delighted to see that the Secretary General of the UN has acknowledged this issue and that in his 2017 progress report on the SDGs he called for an increase in funding to developing countries for statistical collection. The proposed increase to $1billion annually would make a huge difference in making sure All Children Count.

Hopeland and its partners are continuing to monitor the UN as the SDGs progress to ensure that the most vulnerable children in the world are accounted for and get the support they need. You can learn more about our global work and share Hopeland’s story here.

Children separated from their families are another type of Refugee and Hopeland is deeply committed to working in any way that will improve their lives and ensure they are not forgotten by the global community. We all depend on people in our lives just as vulnerable children around the world depend on us. This dependence is what makes us uniquely human – Hopeland is very proud of its Declaration of Dependence which you can read more about below.

Declaration of Dependence

Independence is an idea that is celebrated throughout the world. Less often do we stop to recognize the importance of dependence and yet dependence is a huge part of what makes us uniquely human.

 

Read the hundreds of declarations from supporters around the globe:

Every child has the right to Live, and to do so with a permanent family –Simone Ray
I depend on THE WORLD TO VOICE INNOCENT KIDS –SARAH PORTELLI
Every child has the right to have an education –Lauren Connery
Children of the world need access to safe, secure and loving families to support future global development. –Dean Paterson
I depend on Myself, integrity & humanity –Brandy Brinchett
I depend on my mom for her support and strength –Abantika Ghosh
Every child has the right to an upbringing full of love, support and opportunities to be the best they can be. –Miranda
I depend on my mom for her loving kindness –Oyindamola
Every child has the right to life, education shelter.health –Tot
I depend on my mumma for education –Usha
Every child has the right to education and good life –henry kachenjela
Every child has the right to a childhood –Jody Hoban
I depend on my grandma –musa batouski
Every child has the right to a chance to make a difference in the world they live in! –Brian MacDonald
Every child has the right to be loved, taken care of and protected. –Claudia
Children of the world need peace –Sara
Every child has the right to helping kids and mothers –Marika newman
Every child has the right to helping kids and mothers –Marika newman
Children of the world need Love, Support, Guidance, Peace, Teaching and SAFETY! –Barbara
Children of the world needpeople in their lives who love and support them –Stacey Bruno
Every child has the right to avoid sibling abuse –Alice Tuasaga
Every child has the right to love, safety & nurturing –Deborah Brook
I depend on on love –kali may
Every child has the right to a safe, loving and joyful environment –CLAIRE
I depend on my family & friends for loving kindness and compassion –Melinda Rooke
Every child has the right to I love my children –Omoro daniel
Without family is without everything –mary
I depend on other humans to revitalize one another through love and kindness. –Joshua Soto
Every child has the right to a loving care family –Patricia Vallejo
I depend on all the kind and loving people in this world –amanda obregon
I depend on The world –Naneya
I depend on Exercise for my strength and happiness. –Hazel
I depend on My parents for their love and support –Megan wood
I depend onmy mom and dad for love –Cadeja Goodridge
I depend on My parents to put my pieces back together when I’m hurt –Caitlyn
I depend on My friends –Christina
I depend on My parents for the love they give to me and their kindness –Rebecca placucci
I depend on Myself to give hope and be kind –Samantha
Every child has the right to Be loved for exactly who they are –Heather Mcdowell
I depend on my parents for loving and supporting me –Joyce Matos
I depend on My mother and father for support and guidance –Angelo Ponte
Every child has the right to live in a world where they are loved. –Levon Dimmick
Without family a society cannot succeed. –Kwame Younge
Every child has the right to my idol because shes a very loving person–Emily Hall
Without family you lose links to the past and bridges to the future. They’re keys to paradise. –Ron Quigley
I depend on My wife for her support and friendship –Joseph J Geraci
I depend on family for their love –Marcia Firesten
I depend on human kindness and support –Christine Leupold
Children of the world need love! –Amy Acosta
Every child has the right to a loving family and education –David Meir-levi
Every child has the right to a happy childhood –Kim Scalzo
Without family love your family it may be all you have –Daniel Preziosi
Children of the world need a loving family! –Wes Ripley
Without family I’d be lost –Robin Leous
Every child has the right to education –Regina Marrow
Children of the world needhappiness and education –Kevin Guevara
Children of the world need more love –Irivette Reich
Children of the world need a stable home –John Demetrio
Every child has the right to A sense of belonging and community –Kathy Mindish
Every child has the right to be happy –Eric Burkholder
Children of the world need love –Juan Roman
I depend on my family –Jaimie Ortiz
Every child has the right to a loving family –Sten Winborg
Children of the world need peace –Gail Schnell
Children of the world needclean water –Nick Frazier
Children of the world need more love –David Elwood
Children of the world need education –Watson Gomes
Children of the world need education –Kayoko Tsujimoto
I depend on my sister and friends –Mervett Eltohamy
I depend on my son –Mikey Howe
Every child has the right to eat –Bella Garra
Children of the world need to eat –Josh Smith
Children of the world need love –Ericka Rodriguez
I depend on my parents to help and support me through everything in life –Caitlin Simone
Every child has the right to a loving and supportive family –Maureen Eltohamy
Children of the world need love –Ashley James
Every child has the right to a family –James Nugent
Children of the world need to have a reason to smile everyday –Andrew Wilson
Every child has the right to have someone who is utterly in love with them –Lauren Conroy
Children of the world need confidence and inspiration –Casandra Perez
I depend on cookies–David Pacheco
Every child has the right to be happy –Markquice Braxton
Every child has the right to A happy life –Nick Alfonzetti
Children of the world need love –Brittany Mearns
Every child has the right to equal opportunities –Krystal Mearns
Every child has the right to a happy and healthy life –Rick Soedler
Every child has the right to eat and have a SAFE HOME ENVIRONMENT –Nanette Wallace
Every child has the right to a loving home –Marguerite Rozier
Every child has the right to a safe and happy childhood –Stephanie Gruenberg
Children of the world need a loving family –Dave Nacianceno
I depend on my family –Lauren Davis
Every child has the right to food, shelter and a loving caretaker –Darren D’Achille
I depend on my family –Caleb Bruchez
Without family I would be alone –Chris Pagano
Every child has the right to a safe environment to grow up in –Hillary Blazer-Doyle
Every child has the right to have a loving family –Kenia Diaz
Every child has the right to education –Ed Rojas
Children of the world need the teaching of Jesus –Jeff Zavatsky
Every child has the right to a good education –Nicholas Vucci
Children of the world need a safe place to live –Daniel Chao
Every child has the right to security –Sara Pepitone
Children of the world need more love and a chance to be happy –Jake McCormack
I depend on food –Richard Vook
I depend on My older brothers for their security and love. –Christy Morales
I depend on my family to provide a roof over my head –Delong
I depend on My Friends and sister. –Michael Watson
I depend on my ethos to guide me to do what’s right –Ilana Kukoff
I depend on Love and Kindness –Diana Picasso
I depend on My family and friends for their love and care –Kerry Armstrong
I depend on My daughter for daily cuddles –Zoe Bingley-Pullin
Children of the world need love, support, kindness and family –Sophia Blanche Schrager
Every child has the right toHave a loving and caring family. –Alexi W.
Every child has the right to A family who will love, protect, and care for them –Veronica Green
I depend onMy spouse and children for unconditional love. –Tom DiFilipo
Every child has the right to be loved and accepted. –Barbara Behen
Children of the world need elena –ezequiel
Every child has the right to To be nurtured and loved –Rhianna Commens
I depend on my family to always love and support my decisions –Serena Aimen
I depend on my family to give me strength and courage and unconditional love. –Lizzy Smiddy
I depend on my family for safety, security and warm hugs. Every child deserves that feeling, too. –Stephanie Martinez-Ruckman
Every child has the right to support and education –Catherine M. Williams
Every child has the right to Support and safety from a family giving them unconditional love –Ally Shelton
Every child has the right to a loving, safe and permanent home environment –Joanne O’Reilly
Every child has the right to belong. –Joanne Shears
Children of the world need A Family of their own. –Becky Schmerbauch
Every child has the right to to a safe loving home for life –Cassandra Purdon
Every child has the right to Be LOVED and be SAFE and suceed in LIFE!!! –Alice Cole
Every child has the right to Joy –Sarah Higgiston
Every child has the right to be loved to the moon and back –Carla Pace
Every child has the right to have love,care and support –Robyn
I depend on My mom and dad! –Kyle Young
Every child has the right to Family –Jacqueline Baumer
Children of the world need To know that they are loved. –Chrissy Chen
Every child has the right to Be loved –Chanda Stevick Herinckx
Every child has the right tohope, health, education, and the path to get them. –Jude jones
Every child has the right to wake up feeling loved. –Stephanie Short
Children of the world need Love and security –Sarah
Without family Beatriz –Yesenia
Children of the world need love and guidance –Mayra I. Alvarez
Children of the world need Access to water and education –James donoghue
Children of the world need Better education more discipline and schooling that teaches more about real life situations –Danny
I depend on Myself –Danny
Every child has the right to Family –Dani
Without family I would be really sad –Carol gaitanis
Children of the world need Living arms, clean air, clean water, food, education–Sirgia Sanchez
Every child has the right to Education!!! –Ana Angelica
Every child has the right to Be embraced by a family –Ann Feeley
Every child has the right to Education and a family –Andrea
Without family I love my family –Romy m
Every child has the right to Love health and education –Pablo quinteta
Every child has the right to Study –Veronica conti
I depend on Love –Guillermo Lorenzo
I depend on Family –Delna
I depend on My mom for always listening. –Lisa Miceli
I depend on My parents to keep my sanity –Nick Let Sante
Every child has the right to Vote! –Max Slowski
Every child has the right to Family –Joe thaw
I depend on My family for support physically and mentally –Michelle Barrett
Every child has the right to Love and food and shelter and family –John bonelli
I depend on My family –ariona beninato
I depend on My family –Jalonn beadle
I depend on My parents –Dani M
Every child has the right to have a family, place to live, and resources. –Thais lopez
Every child has the right to grow up with out fear of persecution, –Shahzad Gill
I depend on My daughter’s love and support –Suzanne bowman
Every child has the right to Clean water, food, housing. –Gabriela Knox
Every child has the right to I depend on grandma –Jerrick feagin
Every child has the right to Be loved & protected –Manuela Reynaga
I depend on My mom for my soul and my dad for my time on earth. –Leo
I depend on My family –Finn
Every child has the right to Love –Rebecca
Every child has the right to A loving family –Thomas Zachar
Children of the world need Love –Marshall l matthews
Children of the world need the encouragement of a loving embrace –Bay Hudner
Every child has the right tolove –Bailey Smith
I depend on Friends and clients –Donna Tonyan
Children of the world need Loving people surrounding them –Sonia stuebe
I depend on My parents for taking care of me –Athena
I depend on My family because they are great romodels –Finley Conlon
I depend on my family to see me through tough times! –Thomasena Baird
Every child has the right toDream big and chase their dreams –Jamal bucknor
I depend on My family to keep me grounded and for unconditional love. –Tzadi Elliston
I depend onMy parents –Vanessa
Without family Love –Calvin
Every child has the right to Education, food, water, safety, and love –Laura vorbach
Every child has the right to A loving family that is able to support them –Gabrielle Poliak
Every child has the right to A voice –Dane boog
Children of the world need To BELONG, –Raya Cupler
Children of the world need someone to love and advocate for them. –Sophie
Every child has the right to Be loved –Giulia leone
Every child has the right to a childhood free from Child Sexual Abuse, Exploitation, Child Abuse (Physical, Emotional, Verbal) and Neglect –Donna Ebner
Every child has the right to Happiness –Matthew Brown
Children of the world need A mom to hug and kiss them good night –Ntokozo
Every child has the right to Education –Barbara Aranda
Every child has the right toEducation, A LOVING HOME, nutritious food, safety and healthcare –Samantha
Children of the world need Supportive families and strong communities –Emily
Every child has the right to Has the right to be loved –Hannah
Every child has the right to love and be themselves –Jessica
Children of the world need And deserve it. How about if it would be your kids?–Marvin Sanchez
Every child has the right to Rape free life –Dr uzma gul
Every child has the right to A safe home love and laughter –Jackie Mendolia
Every child has the right to Quality Education and health facilities and family–Poonam Ghimire
I depend on My mother and loving kindns –Amy
Every child has the right to A loving family –Kayla Sheridan
Children of the world need Good education,medical,love,security,AND ROLE MODEL, HAPPINESS –Douglas Stanny
I depend on My family and friends for caring –Carol Shirk
I depend on my mom for her wisdom and her laughter –anita brown
Children of the world need Education –Islam Abdelhamid
I depend on my doctor for knowing the pain I’m suffering with –Marcella Respini
Every child has the right to Grow up with a family –Sara
Every child has the right to A family and love –Allison field
I depend on My family –Sonika Kumar
Every child has the right to love, care, and education –Kathryn Gallo
I depend on My mom for her loving kindness. –Salvatore
Every child has the right to be loved, get food, get water –Leysen
I depend on No borders! Healthcare for the whole world! Food for the whole world! No more war! –VICTORIA SEIFERT
Children of the world need hope, love, guidance, and freedom –Sean Brower
Every child has the right to Food , water, shelter and a safe home and clothes and to feel loved . –Elyzabeth Tate
Every child has the right to Education –Hannah
Every child has the right to Live and be loved –Rob Anderson
Every child has the right to Free and safe education –Gina detres
Every child has the right to Live and be loved –Rob Anderson
Every child has the right to A family –Dayanara Salazar
Every child has the right toAn education and a safe place –Hannah terrapin
I depend on olivia state –Olivia Satti
Children of the world need Children need love –Yanileidy
I depend on My sister for support –Viv chen
Children of the world need My mom for her love. –Evy
I depend on Humanity –Adriana
Every child has the right to A loving family –Beth Captan
I depend on My husband. –Rebekah Berman
Children of the world need Love kindness n understanding –Doreen Orist
Every child has the right to a loving family to support them –james smith
I depend on God for unconditional love –Ronda Downey
Children of the world need Good education,medical,love,security,AND ROLL MODEL. HAPPINESS –Douglas Stanny
Every child has the right to love and security – physical safety, food security, an environment to develop self-respect. –Donna Lehman
I depend on My parents and all the ways they help me grow –Matthew mcwade
I depend on My mom for meatballs e –Stephanie hansen
I depend on The love from my 11 yr old son, as well as my parents & brother! –Lyn Gautier
Children of the world need My daugter for her psych support –Peter Skuce
Every child has the right to food, security, human rights, and education –james dockery
Every child has the right to Love, education and safety –Clifford
Every child has the right to Feel safe –Lindsay
Every child has the right to life liberty and the prosuite of happiness –Abdul-MuBDi
I depend on My family and friends –Ali Pruitt
Every child has the right toHave a family and food and water –Peter magee
Without family i would be nothing –Abigail Troike
Children of the world need Love and protection –Marta
I depend on My beloved family –Erzhena
Every child has the right toHave a loving family that area –Mindy brezak
Every child has the right tofamily and love and water and food and and and and –raquel marta
I depend on My parents for their endless love & support –Gissou Nia
I depend on My family and friends –Anna
I depend on my family –gotta era
Every child has the right to A home –Miranda Oshea
I depend on my mom for her loving kindness –jennifrer calabrese
I depend on My mom, my sisters, and brother for their warmth. –Sophie
I depend on My mom for everything –Guillermo mercado
I depend on my mom for advice –katherin
Without family theres no love –ashley
Every child has the right to A loving caring mom –AnneMarie Byrnes
Every child has the right to HaviNg home –Kestutis Kazlauskas
Every child has the right to Safe and happy home –Sam Bernstein
I depend on My daddy –Katrina
I depend on Mom –Nicole gurses
I depend on Mom –Mark hedges
Every child has the right to Safety, an education and love –Dawn Schmitz
Children of the world need Hope –Danielle
I depend on My family –Gianna Urgola
I depend on My girlfriend–Corey Towell
I depend on My loving brothers and sisters… –Wilfredo escobar
I depend on My family for their love! –Iris Reyes
I depend on My mom –Kaitlyn antherton
Children of the world need Love –Brenda Monks
Children of the world need Loveeeeee –Sherise powell
I depend on Mom –Sylvia
Every child has the right to Love –Andy
I depend on Fam –Andrew minchuk
I depend on People to carry light for people that are different –Jordan
I depend on My family –Jackie nelson
I depend on My friends –Jordan Nelson
Children of the world need A loving family –Joanna Walska
Children of the world need Their family for support. –Alex Slavtchev
I depend on Beer –Artem mulin
Every child has the right to Love, education and opportunity –Stephanie
I depend on My dope ass wife –Jeffrey
Every child has the right to Loving home –Sophia kim
Every child has the right tofreedom of religion, rights, and safety –Johanes Bayu Sembiring
I depend onFamily for love and support –Mitch Ugwuezi
Every child has the right to Get free education. –Cha
I depend on The faith that ” I belong ” –Bhawana Bhandaru
I depend on my mom for her loving kindness –Barış Bayram
I depend on My friends obviously –Joe Celestin
I depend on Daddy –Nora jefferies
Children of the world need a future, education, food, shelter, family, love, hope, dreams, a chance, role models, opportunities, better –Matt
I depend on Franklin dog –Abielis Alvarado
Children of the world need Love –Samantha chenet
I depend on The support of my family to build a strong foundation. –Glenda Parrilla
I depend on My family for support. –Alex Bauer
Every child has the right to To be happy & smile every day –Nina De Pasquale
Children of the world need A safe place and some love –Majda
Children of the world need Safe homes!!! –Julie grden
Every child has the right to Education –Dean
I depend on My family for all the loving and support the give –Viviana
Children of the world need To know how much they matter –Nia Dawson
Every child has the right to A good education –Khalid sena
Every child has the right to To play sports –Heeten
Children of the world need Someone to depend on. –Mitesh Kapadia
I depend on Myself–Logan M
Children of the world need Someone to wipe the tears on a bad day… –Sonaly
I depend on My girl and our dog. –Burton Lomax
Every child has the right to Love –Jamie melvin
I depend on My family for support –Holly Curtis
Every child has the right to Live life to the fullest –John
I depend on My mom for her loving kindness –Victor Gubian
Children of the world need Education –Hiral Patel
I depend on my family for wellness, state of mind –Paul Abraham
I depend on My mom –Teresa Parziale
I depend on My mom –Ronna Margalit
Every child has the right to Happiness –Ariel portnoy
Every child has the right to A loving home –Kyra Richards
I depend on My parents!! –Agustina
I depend on my dad for his hard work –Jose Romani
I depend on My mom for her love –Katie Hutton
Every child has the right to education. –Richard Berger
I depend on My mom for being my best friend –Hannah
I depend on My mom –Neha
Every child has the right to A guardian and guidance –Emely vargas
Every child has the right toA beautiful life –Ashley vega
I depend on My parents –Asmaa amadou
Every child has the right to Opportunities to better their future. –Danielle Raynor
Children of the world need Love –Maria omana
I depend on My family and friends –Andres
I depend on My parents for shelter –Patrick
I depend on My mom –Kevin Early
Children of the world need equal opportunity –Alex Mears
I depend on My mom for her love –Diana cheung
Children of the world need Love –Daniel
Children of the world need A good education and family –Callan angrisani
Every child has the right to a permanent family –Linda Robak
Every child has the right to To have a loving family –Lange
Children of the world need A comprehensive education –Oliver yang
Children of the world need A home –Maitland
I depend on my dad to teach me my value. –Wesley Curtis
Children of the world need Love –Kristin
Every child has the right to Happiness –Stewart
I depend on My mom and dad and siblings –Mona Aossey
Children of the world need My mom for her uniqueness –Victoria
Every child has the right to Be loved unconditionally always. –Ashleigh Davenport
Children of the world need to be loved and to be cared for –Leslie Byrne
Without family means not being able to smile for family photos. –David Reynaga
Without family We are Nobody –Sofia
Children of the world need Yes –Anelhy melgoza
Children of the world need love. –Andrew Young
Every child has the right to be nurtured –Brendan Murphy
Every child has the right to the fundamental amenities –Nidhi
Every child has the right to love, shelter, food, and an education –jennifer staebell
Children of the world need Families –Kyle Young
Children of the world need as much love and caring as possible! –Cristina Pinol
I depend on Myself and my soul sister Kim –Mandy Brady
I depend on my family for their loving support and guidance. –Anna Orshansky
Without family Society and our communities will fall apart. –Bryce
Every child has the right to know a loved one will always be there for them –Scott Schreibstein
Every child has the right to grow and flourish in a safe loving environment –Cheryl P Vosper
Children of the world needSomeone to love & hold them when they cry –Deborah Knight
Every child has the right to peace, health, happiness ,unconditional love and care –Amanda Turner
Every child has the right to Live life to their full potential and to be loved. –Colleen Perez
Without family every person is an orphan. –Steven Weber
I depend on my family and friends for unconditional love and support –Molly Sackett
Every child has the right to a loving environment to grow up in –Cecile Terrana
I depend on my family for being there no matter what the circumstances. –Cassandra Elahrag
Every child has the right tohave a family and be LOVED! –Monique Leahy
Every child has the right toguardians to fall back on when the world gets tough. –Bryan Boodhoo
Without family we wouldn’t be the people we are today. –Nikki Musumeci
I depend on my sweet family to remind me what is truly important. –Sarah Hall
I depend on love and support from my family! –Ciara M Beggan
Every child has the right to have a loving family and home. –guirlene Auguste
Children of the world need is our tommorow. family, love and kindness will give them a head start. –guirlene Auguste
I depend on my entire family for support. –Vashti Barran
Children of the world need support and the right guidance –Lisa McCormick
Every child has the right to to grow in a loving household and surrounded by family –Riyad Deen
Every child has the right to grow and be nurtured by a loving home –Robin Tomas
Every child has the right to feel loved and supported –Danielle Beale
I depend on My family + fiance for love & support –Lauren Ringer
I depend on my mom –Maribel Ortega
I depend on my family for their love and support –Kieuna Harris
Every child has the right to feel like there is nothing that they cannot do. –Kristin Sterling
Every child has the right to feel loved –Andrea Veiga
Every child has the right to know the comfort of love and the nurturing of a family unit. –Kerry Brooks
Every child has the right to be loved, encouraged, supported and appreciated –Victoria Vallas
I depend on creativity to keep me motivated in life. –Emily Harrison
Every child has the right to a loving and supportive family. –Alexandra Wyshosky
I depend on my mom for her loving kindness –Jehovany Cruz
Every child has the right to Grow up with a safe and loving launchpad to adulthood –Dan Stierley
Every child has the right to grow and be loved –SK Park
Every child has the right to have a loving support system –Lizz Rindner
I depend on myself to be strong and wise. –Meisha Brown
Every child has the right to a relationship full of love from day one –Emily McCormack
I depend on Mi guajiro the love of my life –Virginia
Every child has the right to Have a good home and Family for support. –Luis Santin
Every child has the right to feel loved –Drew Kelly
Children of the world need love, protection, education and support –Shaquana Johnson
Every child has the right to be happy –Linda
Children of the world need to be loved –Pauline Lula
Children of the world needcreativity and imagination –ace suarez
Every child has the right to a family connection –Susan Sabatino
Every child has the right to love, care, freedom to be a child and family happiness –Sanja Bogunovic
Every child has the right to be loved –Felipe Polo Ruiz
I depend on My husband for his love, kindness and unwavering optimism. Love you babe! –Melissa Desmond
I depend on my wife for her loving kindness <3 xxx –Daryl Smith
Every child has the right to loving family –melissa cross
Every child has the right to be loved and cared for –sophie
I depend on my mum for having me and her love –Virginia
Every child has the right to a happy loving home –justin quirk
Every child has the right to Love, Shelter, Family, Nourishment, Education –amanda burrett
Without family life is much harder than others. –Aki Muto
Every child has the right to feel loved and needed. –Kenya Wilson
Children of the world need to know that they are not alone –Craig Berger
Every child has the right to live in a loving home. –dawn labrake
Every child has the right to Love and care –Patti Ferraro
I depend on my friends to keep me informed. –Lynne Elliott
I depend on my myself; –Grace E. Bileta
I depend on planet earth for food and air. –Denise Bartlett
I depend on my friends for love and support. –Marva Barnett
I depend on My mom for loving –Marincsák Lászlóné
Every child has the right to Safety, hope and education.–Carl Kowaleski
Every child has the right to education,health care and a place to call home!! –Shane Day
Every child has the right to Love, safety, health, education, innocence, peace, freedom, dreams, choice, life, future –Georgia
Every child has the right to to a safe home environment –Olive Knight
Every child has the right to Feel safe, loved and have the opportunity to reach their potential. –Bonnie Jones Davies
Every child has the right toFeel safe, loved and have someone to turn to when they need help –Jane Wilson
Every child has the right to Education –Kim smith
Every child has the right to Live a joyous life filled with endless possibilities. –Sheree Carter
Every child has the right to Have a love full family –Veronica Gaytán
I depend on My Lord and Savior to give me peace –Joyce Nelson
Children of the world need shelter, food and love without asking –Elena
Children of the world need Support and love –Llewellyn Clark
I depend on My family for their love and for empowering be to be me –Tracey lane
I depend on My family for my everything –Victoria Buchan
Every child has the right to love, safety, and freedom –Tracy Feeney
I depend on My mother, for though she lost me when I was but a child..we have been –Jamie Girard
Every child has the right to love, hope, faith, dreams, peace and a future. –Craig Griffin
Children of the world need to be given equal care and support in the society. –Karthik Nair
Children of the world need Abundance of love and good care for freedom to discover Who they are and Be –Martineau Lucy
Every child has the right to live in an environment that is safe and secure. –Alberta Elias
I depend on My son’s for their loving smiles and encouragement! –Shari Weller
I depend on my husband –Jan Sandoval
Children of the world needpeople that puts their needs first –anne marie
I depend on My son’s loving smiles my husband’s patience and the love of my family –Roslyn Shields
Every child has the right to Love and protection. –Marcy Mellors
Every child has the right to Be Loved Everyday. –Irene
Every child has the right to a family where love, nurturing and dependence are part of the foundation –Suzanne Jenkins
Children of the world need love –Renee Bello
Every child has the right to A loving safe childhood,and a complete education to equip them for life –Lynne Burke
Children of the world need To be able to depend on the world –Sandra Storm
Every child has the right to Be loved and know what a caring loving family is –Donovan Dagenhart
Every child has the right to Be loved and know what a caring loving family is –Donovan Dagenhart
Every child has the right to be valued. –Nancy Emerson
Every child has the right to to live with a happy,strong with full of love and caring with her/his responsible parents….. –Bhene Amorous
Without family I will not be here –Eden Reynolds
Every child has the right to to be valued, respected and loved.–Catherine
Children of the world need Love , safety –Esther Triviño
Every child has the right to to be loved. cared for and education –Audrey Herriot
Every child has the right to A safe environment and a loving family –Belinda White
Every child has the right to I am working with West African youth! –Lindsay Short
Every child has the right to a loving and safe home –CHERYL BENNETT
Every child has the right to Feel safe , loved and never go hungry –Trish Ostigh
Every child has the right to Be given a chance. –Amy John
Children of the world need a family to become people of tomorrow –Sandeep Gadarla
Every child has the right to access love, stability and education. Governments should not stand in the way of hope. –Fiona & Warwick Foster
Every child has the right to Love and Respect –Veronica
Without family we are ships without safe harbour. –Rob Ambrose
Every child has the right tofeel safe, loved, well fed, happy, hopeful and at peace. –Jeannie McAlpin
Every child has the right to Look to someone for love and guidance and understanding. To know they will be cherished –Molly Bryant
I depend onthe love and friendship of my wife. –Nick Ingram
I depend on My husband for his unending love and support –Belinda McDowall
I depend on my brother –manjunath
I depend on My family for support –Shirley Nicolle
Every child has the right to Feel safe, loved. and valued. –Fran Schwartz
Every child has the right to Education –Veraji Pathirage
Every child has the right toa loving, safe, nurturing family environment –Tannon Dorset
Without family a person will never reach their potential –Louisa Read
Children of the world need Loving parents that will help them in life –Logan Ezra
Children of the world need Love, kindness, water, and food –Christine Starr
Children of the world need Love and stability. –Maria Faina
Every child has the right to be cared, loved, eduated and protected by suitable organizations –Juile Yang
Every child has the right to Be a child. –Brian Pendley
I depend on family to give me boundaries and horizons. –Janet Patterson
Children of the world need to be acknowledged and affirmed. –Marilynne Teskey
Every child has the right to feel safe and loved –Lisa
Children of the world need to feel loved, appreciated, cared for, and have someone who believes in them. –Theresa Mahfood
I depend on my family for support when needed. –Kimberley Kontos
Every child has the right to Love and safety. –Jenny Branham
Every child has the right to live their dreams. –Sharon Ellesia
I depend on My children and the love we share –Angela Brown
Every child has the right toTo be safe and loved –Frances Cobb
Children of the world need a supportive and loving home –Yvonne
Every child has the right to Have a familie and a good éducation –Mathias Arnaud
I depend on all children need love –MARIA Martins
Every child has the right to love and laughter it is our responsibility to ensure they are protected and cared for –Debra Napper