Global Level Organizations

This page presents a list of Global Working Groups, Committees, Offices, Networks, Organizations and Initiatives focused on Children's Care Issues around the world.

Networks and Working Groups

Faith to Action Initiative

In 2006, members of the Better Care Network formed the FBO outreach committee in order to promote better practice within the faith-based orphan care community. This committee formalized in 2008 and is now known as the Faith to Action Initiative. The Faith to Action Initiative brings together Christian faith-based organizations, churches, and individuals seeking to respond to the needs of orphans and other vulnerable children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Better Volunteering, Better Care Global Working Group

An overview of the Better Volunteering, Better Care Global Working Group goals, activities, and details of the 70+ members working together for positive change.

The New York Working Group on Children without Parental Care

BCN is acting as co-convener with SOS Villages International of the New York Working Group on Children without Parental Care of the NGO Committee on UNICEF. The main objective of the Working Group is to disseminate and promote the implementation of the Guidelines on Alternative Care of Children. The Working Group members are: BCN, SOS Villages International, International Movement ATD Fourth World, Family For Every Child, International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, UNICEF, Plan International and the Child Protection in Crisis Network (CPC). Meetings are held every quarter, or more frequently in preparation of events.

The Geneva Working Group on Children Without Parental Care

Formerly established as a Working Group under the NGO Group for the CRC in Geneva, the Geneva Working Group  on Children Without Parental Care is now a thematic Working Group under Child Rights Connect, a registered network of 80 national and international NGOs committed to all children fully enjoying their rights as defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

International HIV/AIDS Alliance

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance is a global alliance of 40 organisations that work with communities on HIV, health and human rights initiatives, including support for orphans and vulnerable children.

Child Protection in Crisis (CPC) Learning Network

The CPC Learning Network works to strengthen the protection, care and welfare of children through research and advocacy.  

MenCare: A Global Fatherhood Campaign

A Global Fatherhood Campaign. MenCare is a global fatherhood campaign active in more than 30 countries on five continents. MenCare's mission is to promote men’s involvement as equitable, nonviolent fathers and caregivers in order to achieve family well-being, gender equality, and better health for mothers, fathers, and children.

The Consortium for Street Children (CSC)

CSC is a global network that promotes street children’s rights through advocacy, research and network development. 

Child Protection Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (CP MERG)

Established in 2010, the CP MERG is a global forum for collaboration, coordination and shared learning on child protection monitoring, evaluation and research.  The CP MERG aims at strengthening the quality of monitoring and evaluation, research and data collection in child protection, through the development of standards, tools and recommendations. The Better Care Network is a core member of CP MERG.

The International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-Net)

CYC-Net aims to promote and facilitate reading, learning, information sharing, discussion, networking, support and accountable practice amongst all who work with children, youth and families.

Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities (GPcwd)

The GPcwd provides a platform for collective action and advocacy to ensure that the rights of children with disabilities are included in and prioritized by both the disability and child rights agendas at the global, regional, and country levels.



The Columbia Group for Children in Adversity

The Columbia Group for Children in Adversity provides research and technical support to governments and agencies working to promote the protection and welfare of children in adverse environments. 

Childwatch International Research Network

The Childwatch International Research Network is a global, non-profit, nongovernmental network of institutions that collaborate in child research for the purpose of promoting child rights and improving children’s well-being around the world. Their website provides useful resources and links around children and family issues.

The Global Movement for Children (GMC)

GMC is a coalition of organisations and networks focused on promoting children’s rights.

Global Alliance for Children

In July 2013, after a ten month planning phase, a core group of partners founded the Global Alliance for Children, passed by-laws, elected a chair, and established a Leaders Council to oversee the Alliance’s governance and development. The Global Alliance for Children mobilizes targeted investments in childhood as a core component of a nations social and economic progress. The Alliance helps support the development of country ownership, information systems, national and international cooperation, science and learning. 

Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe is a network of organisations working together to ensure children globally are safeguarded and protected from all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation.

The Child Protection Working Group (CPWG)

The CPWG is the global level forum for coordination and collaboration on child protection in humanitarian settings. The group brings together NGOs, UN agencies, academics and other partners under the shared objective of ensuring more predictable, accountable and effective child protection responses in emergencies, including support for unaccompanied and separated children and interim care.

ECPAT International

ECPAT is a global network of organisations working together for the elimination of child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes.

The Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children

The Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children promotes universal prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment. Supporters of this aim include UNICEF, UNESCO and many international and national organisations and prominent individuals.


The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance

The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance aims to strengthen the social service workforce and to contribute to stronger, more effective social service systems around the world.

UN SRSG on Violence Against Children

BCN and SOS have co-led the UN SRSG on Violence Against Children to facilitate a series of regional consultations on Violence and Care, the first one having happened in Brazil in December 2014.

Agencies and NGOs


The United Nations Children’s Fund is a United Nations programme that provides humanitarian and development support to children across the world. This includes working with governments to implement the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, supporting family and community-based care, and promoting the tracing, reunification and care of children separated from their families in emergencies. 

Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF) of USAID

DCOF supports programs that help families and communities to provide necessary care, protection, and support for children without adequate care.

Save the Children

Save the Children is an international NGO that support’s children’s rights around the world, and focuses on protecting children from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. Save the Children works through a global Child Protection Initiative (CPI) to support children without adequate care by promoting deinstitutionalisation, strengthening families and working towards family/community based care solutions. 

Family for Every Child

Family for Every Child is a global network of national civil society organisations that support children to grow up in caring families, safe from exploitation and abuse. 

Hope and Homes

UK based organization that works across Europe and Africa to support deinstitutionalisation and strengthen family-based care for children. 


Lumos works to support children in institutions worldwide to regain their right to a family life and to end the institutionalisation of children. 

The International Movement ATD Fourth World

The International Movement ATD Fourth World is an NGO that engages with individuals and institutions to find solutions to eradicate extreme poverty, and includes a focus on strengthening families. 


International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO)

IFCP is a global, not-for-profit networking organisation serving to promote and support family based foster care across the world.

The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)

IFSW is an international, non-governmental organisation of national associations of social workers striving for social justice, human rights and social development through the promotion of social work, best practice models and the facilitation of international cooperation. 


Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe is a network of organisations working together to ensure children globally are safeguarded and protected from all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation.

Child Rights International Network (CRIN)

CRIN is a global research, policy and advocacy organisation grounded in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which promotes children’s rights including adequate care.



FICE-International (International Federation of Educative Communities)

FICE-International works in over 30 countries to support at-risk children, children with special needs, and children in out-of-home-care.

Child Rights Connect

Child Rights Connect (formerly known as the NGO Group for the CRC) is an independent, non-profit network of 84 national, regional and international organisations, networks and coalitions that support children’s rights, and include a focus on children without parental care.


The International Social Service (ISS)

ISS is an international NGO that assists children and families confronted with complex social problems as a result of migration, and promotes child protection and welfare.

Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)’s mission is to improve the lives of children affected by HIV and AIDS through providing the most up-to-date information on HIV and children to the global community, and connecting community and nongovernmental organizations, policy-makers, donors and other stakeholders in order to improve the global response. 

Plan International

Plan International is an international NGO that works in Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote children’s rights, and includes a focus on child protection.

SOS Children’s Villages International

SOS Children’s Villages International is an international NGO that works with communities and governments to prevent family breakdown and to care for children who have lost parental care, or risk losing it.



Terre des Hommes International Federation

Terre des Hommes International Federation is a network of 10 national organizations working for the rights of children including issues around children on the move and children without adequate care.


EveryChild is an international development charity working to stop children growing up vulnerable and alone. More than 24 million children grow up without parental care, their survival often threatened by greater risk of malnutrition, violence and exploitation; their future lost by missing out on school, and their childhood. Working with local partners, EveryChild keeps children safe when they are alone and at risk. They protect children in danger of ending up on their own by keeping families together. And they get children back to a safe and caring family, wherever they can.

World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. This includes support for children living outside parental care.

Together for Girls

Together for Girls is a global public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, with a focus on sexual violence against girls. To address this egregious human rights violation and public health problem, Together for Girls brings together the expertise and resources of many of the strongest organizations working globally in development, public health, and children and women’s rights to collaborate with national governments and civil society.


International Rescue Committee

The IRC is an international NGO that provides humanitarian support around the word, and works with communities to protect children from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence and build their resilience. This includes initiatives with separated children and interim care in emergencies.

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Its mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, including those affcted by HIV/AIDS, emergencies, and trafficking.

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

UNHCR is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees, returnees, internally displaced and stateless children and adults.

Disability Rights International (DRI)

Disability Rights International is dedicated to promoting the human rights and full participation in society of people with disabilities worldwide. Their Worldwide Campaign to End the Institutionalization of Children seeks to draw attention to, and end, the pervasive and abusive practice of institutionalizing children with disabilities.

The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS

The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS believes that children need to be made a higher priority in the international response to HIV and AIDS. The Coalition brings funders and technical experts together to advocate for the best policy, research, and programs for children because children are a vulnerable population that has too often been overlooked.

RISE Learning Network

The RISE Learning Network aims to promote and facilitate learning on Recovery and Reintegration (R&R) approaches that improve outcomes for children and adolescents affected by sexual exploitation (CSE). It is a project implemented by Family for Every Child, Retrak, and the International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking, University of Bedfordshire. The learning activities directly supported are in three focus regions – Latin America and the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa and South & Central Asia.