The Way Forward Project
U.S. Government Launches National Action Plan on Children in Adversity, Cites The Way Forward Project Report
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The U.S. Government launched an Action Plan on Children in Adversity today, its first-ever strategic guidance for international assistance for children. Seven agencies and departments have agreed to align their funding for children with three main objectives: build strong beginnings, put family care first, and protect children. In stating the government’s goal, the plan cites The Way Forward Project for its definition of protective care. Over thirty civil society organizations have endorsed the plan, including CCAI. CCAI’s Executive Director Kathleen Strottman spoke at the launch’s press event.
The Way Forward Project Summit Features Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Report Released
November 8, 2011
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s The Way Forward Project presented its findings and recommendations at an international policy summit attended by high-level U.S. and African government officials, civic and development leaders, corporations, researchers, foundations, and faith-based and community organizations.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recalled her own personal experiences visiting Mother Teresa’s orphanages in India and stated that “we meet today because we all believe that every child deserves a safe, loving, permanent family of his or her own”. Other speakers included Ambassador Susan Jacobs, Senators Mary Landrieu and Amy Klobuchar, Representative Karen Bass, and Assistant Commissioner of Children’s Affairs for the Republic of Uganda, James Kaboggozza, among others. Presentations were given on the scientific basis for family-based care, outcomes for children without family-based care, and progress on addressing children’s needs. Each of the four working groups of The Way Forward Project presented their findings, which can be found in the full report, released today at the Summit. Videos of all the presentations and speeches are available here.
The Way Forward Project Continues to Forge Path Towards Collective Strategy on Family Care, Holds Second Convening in Addis Ababa
May 24 – 27, 2011
Over the course of the last four days, The Way Forward Project held its second convening in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, building upon the groundwork laid during the first convening held last February in Washington, D.C. The four working groups had the opportunity to see best practices first hand, and heard from practitioners and government representatives from each of the six target nations – Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, and Uganda. A list of presenters and topics can be found here.
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute Launches The Way Forward Project with its First Convening in Washington, D.C.
February 9-11, 2011
The Way Forward Project was launched this week, bringing together over 40 international experts from the legal, medical, social work, and development fields to discuss family-based care. For three days, the group discussed opportunities and challenges facing governmental and non-governmental leaders in six African countries – Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, and Uganda. The project stems from the simple belief that for millions of children living without the love and support of a family, the “way forward” should lead back to where they came from...a home. The ultimate goal of The Way Forward Project is to encourage the development of a collective strategy for reducing the number of children living outside of parental care. More information about the convening, as well as videos of the presentations, can be found here.
The Way Forward Project in the News:
http://hometownsource.com/2011/11/18/minnesota-is-the-first-in-the-nation-in-foreign-adoptions-per-capita/ (Minnesota is the first in the nation in foreign adoptions per capita, HometownSource.com from ECM Publishers, Inc., Nov. 18, 2011)
http://news.yahoo.com/way-forward-project-charts-course-children-living-without-125206093.html (The Way Forward Project Charts Course for Children Living Without Families, PRNewswire-USNewswire, Nov. 8, 2011)
http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/11/176805.htm (Remarks at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's (CCAI) The Way Forward Project Summit, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Department of State, Nov. 8, 2011)
http://www.soschildrensvillages.ca/News/News/orphan-charity-news/Pages/Venezuelan-Orphan-Miss-World-123.aspx (Venezuelan Orphan Crowned Miss World, SOS Children’s Villages Canada, Sept. 11, 2011)
http://www.retrak.org/newsDetail.aspx?uid=151 (The Way Forward Project: Washington Summit, Retrak, Aug. 11, 2011)