Child’s Right to Family Mission Statement


Our Mission:

Serve the child’s need for family.

Establish the child’s right to family as a fundamental human right.

Combat the policies that deny children families:

  • Policies treating children as the property of nations and of birth parents.
  • Policies shutting down international adoption and other opportunities for family.


We Believe:

Children need permanent loving parents to survive and thrive.

Children need those parents early in life to avoid irreparable damage.

Children have a right to a family as citizens of our global community.


The Reality Today

Millions of children are now condemned to live out their childhoods in institutions.

Institutions have been scientifically proven to have a destructive impact on children’s potential for development.

Policies worldwide have systematically shut down international adoption, which is one of the best available options for providing unparented children with families. Since 2004 the number of children adopted into the U.S. is down by over two-thirds.  This effectively locks children into institutions.


Movement Members:

ABBA Fund (Jason Kovaks, Director of Ministry Development)

America World Adoption (Brian Luwis, CEO)

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (Denise Bierly, Director of Adoption, Eric Freeby, Deputy Director of Adoption and Members Bill Rosen & Mark McDermott)

Center for Adoption Policy (Diane Kunz and Ann Reese, Co-Founders & Executive Directors)

Christian Alliance for Orphans (Jedd Medefind, President)

Christopher Balding, Professor, HSBC Business School, Peking University

Gladney Center for Adoption (Frank Garrott, President & CEO)

Great Wall China Adoption (Snow Wu, Founder & CEO)

Harvard Law School Child Advocacy Program (Elizabeth Bartholet, Faculty Director and Crisanne Hazen, Assistant Director)

Katie Jay, Statewide Director of Operations and Legal Services, Adoption STAR

Love Grows Kids (Pete Leppanen and Kelly Dempsey, Co-Directors)

National Council For Adoption (Chuck Johnson, President & CEO)

Paulo Barrozo, Associate Professor of Law, Boston College Law School

Peter Mitchell, Director of Communications, Center for Public Justice

RainbowKids Adoption Advocacy (Martha Osborne, Founder & Executive Director)

Saddleback Church Orphan Care Initiative (Elizabeth Styffe, Director)

University of Pennsylvania Field Center for Children’s Research, Policy and Practice (Cassie Statuto Bevan, Child Welfare Fellow)