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Strengthen Family Care and Provide Appropriate Alternative Care

A call for the 2014 UN General Assembly Resolution on Child Rights

ACEI, along with a total of 40 organizations, supports the action statement for the 2014 UNGA resolution on child rights that calls upon the member states of the United Nations General Assembly to focus on strengthening family care and providing appropriate alternative care for children. This focus is also intended to link with the current debate to consider how to include child protection and care in the Post-2015 development framework.

GRULAC, which is the Latin American and Caribbean member state regional group, will be taking the lead on determining the theme for the 2013 UNGA Resolution and drafting the section on the rights of the child. Therefore, networks, organizations, and people with ties to that region are highly encouraged to advocate to their national leaders for a Child Rights resolution that primarily ensures, "...States adopt policies that strengthen parents and families to prevent unnecessary separation and to develop a suitable range of quality care options for the alternative care of children that are in the best interest of the child, prioritizing family-based or family-like care placements."

The joint action letter was written by the New York and Geneva Working Groups on Children Without Parental Care, co-convened by SOS Children's Villages International and the Better Care Network. The 2014 Child Rights resolution also aligns with the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family and the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children by the UNGA in 2009 (A/RES/64-142).

To view the full document, please see the Inter-agency statement on the Better Care Network webpage, 2014 United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the Rights of the Child.