To read The Way Forward Project Report click here.

The Way Forward Project targets six African nations.
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Welcome to The Way Forward Project Website!

The primary purpose of this effort is to stimulate dialogue among the world’s experts on both the need for family-based care but also the ways in which laws, policies and programs might be developed or expanded to support the use of family-based care for children in need of it.

Project Summary

The initial global response to serving the needs of the ever growing number of children living outside parental care has been to develop child welfare frameworks that are heavily reliant on institutional care and focused on providing for children’s basic needs (housing, health care, food) – needs that a family might otherwise provide.  Over the last decade, research in basic human development has revealed that institutional care, particularly when used to serve children under five, is not an appropriate form of alternative care and instead of protecting children can put them at further risk of harm.  Efforts have been made to transition international thinking away from the use of orphanage-based systems and toward providing family-based care.  With this in mind, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) The Way Forward Project seeks to bring together a group of international experts to discuss opportunities and challenges facing governmental and non-governmental organization leaders in six African nations (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, and Uganda) as they work to develop systems of care that serve children in and through their families. To read the full project description, click here.


The Way Forward is a project of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in Washington, D.C.

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Mission Statement

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right of a family. 

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This project would not be possible without the generous support of the GHR Foundation and the Kellogg Foundation.