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Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Tanzania
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People Helping Children helps orphaned and abandoned children throughout the world.

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Iraq
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A charity started by two Americans working in Iraq during the war to care for orphans.

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Oakland Kids First programming ensures that high schools are places where youth are empowered to use their civic leadership skills during the school day through academic peer mentoring and youth organizing to create a culture of peer support and mutual accountability that improves learning and achievement for all students. Show Less

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Frontier Horizon’s is an official 501 C 3 non profit that works with orphan children in Ukraine and Nicaragua.
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KAPP 
The state House of Representatives today approved Inslee's bill to create a new state Department of Children, Youth and Families with a bi-partisan 77-19 vote. See more..
PennLive.com 
The York County Office of Children, Youth & Families will have to pay back about $580,000 that a new state audit says it incorrectly billed to Pennsylvania between 2011 and 2014. The findings came to light in an audit of the once-troubled, but now ... See more..
Government of Ontario News 
Ontario is increasing opportunities for Black children, youth and families through new services and supports in communities across the province. Today, Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism ... See more..
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Walla Walla Union-Bulletin 
Lawmakers should allow services provided by DSHS and other agencies to be overseen by a new agency focused solely on children and families. See more..
Canada NewsWire (press release) 
TORONTO, March 24, 2017 /CNW/ - The Standing Committee on Justice Policy will meet to consider Bill 89, An Act to enact the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2016, to amend and repeal the Child and Family Services Act and to make related ... See more..
Fairfield Daily Republic 
SUISUN CITY — The fourth annual Solano Children, Youth & Families Policy Forum is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Salvation Army's Kroc Center. Admission and child care are free. The focus is on youth leaders making a difference in ... See more..
Turn to 10 
The Rhode Island Office of the Child Advocate has made 31 recommendations after investigating four children's deaths and the near deaths of two other children ... See more..
Toronto Star 
The province will invest $4.4 million by 2019-20 to add 51 new mental health clinicians and community outreach workers, says the health minister. See more..
New Pittsburgh Courier 
Employment as a caseworker with the Allegheny County's Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families is far more than just a job. It's far more than just removing children from homes. This is an important fact to understand ... See more..
WMUR Manchester 
State lawmakers and community leaders are considering changes to laws aimed at protecting children in response to an independent review of the system. See more..
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Overview

Children around the world face many threats to their wellbeing and safety, including prostitution, malnutrition, disease, child marriage, child labor, abuse, and poverty.

Children are regularly trafficked in 161 countries around the world.1 The United States Justice Department recently conducted a study which revealed that child sex trafficking generates nearly $32 billion worldwide each year.2 Additionally, the U.S. State Department estimates that over one million children are exploited in the global sex trade annually.3

Around the world, over 215 million children are forcibly employed in the workforce; many of these children work full-time, and many are involved in vocations that are physically harmful and illegal, such as drug production, prostitution, and armed conflict.4 Children between the ages of five and 17 who are employed often do not attend school and receive little to no proper nutrition and health care.5

Malnutrition accounts for nearly 50% of all child deaths worldwide and over 150 million children in developing countries suffer from malnourishment.6 Malnutrition weakens a child’s immune system and physical reliance, leaving them more vulnerable to infection and disease and decreasing their learning ability and energy levels.7

Over one-third of girls are married before age 18 world wide, and one in nine girls are married before age 15.8 Child marriage is detrimental to the health of young girls in a variety of ways. Girls under age 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women above age 20.9 Additionally, girls married before age 18 are more likely to experience domestic abuse or contract HIV/Aids from their older husbands.10 Every year, more than 14 million girls are married before their 18th birthdays.11

Nearly 3.4 million children worldwide are currently infected with HIV/Aids.12 Diarrheal diseases are the second leading cause of death for children under age five, and diarrhea kills an estimated 760,000 children across the world annually.13 Malaria kills one child every 30 seconds and is responsible for the deaths of one million children each year.14 Pertussis, or whooping cough, kills nearly 300,000 children each year, and pneumonia kills an estimated 500,000 children annually.15

A 2013 World Bank analysis revealed that over 400 million children live in extreme poverty around the world.16 Likewise, UNICEF has estimated that poverty kills over 22,000 children each year.17  Due to poverty, over 72 million primary school aged children were not enrolled in school or receiving an education.18 Worldwide, children account for one-third of all people living in poverty.19


Children are particularly vulnerable to abuse, and 80%–90% of the world’s children suffer from physical abuse in their homes.20  The World Health Organization estimates that 40 million children under the age of 15 are subject to abuse each year.21 Additionally, nearly 150 countries still have not outlawed the corporal punishment of children.22

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1 http://www.polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/international-trafficking
2 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/25/sex-trafficking-in-the-us_n_5621481.html
3 http://www.ungift.org/knowledgehub/en/about/trafficking-of-children.html
4 http://www.un.org/en/events/childlabourday/background.shtml
5 Ibid
6 http://www.unicef.org/specialsession/about/sgreport-pdf/02_ChildMalnutrition_D7341Insert_English.pdf
7 Ibid
8 http://www.icrw.org/child-marriage-facts-and-figures
9 Ibid
10 Ibid
11 http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/
12 http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6234243/k.C392/HIVAIDS.htm
13 http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs330/en/
14 Ibid
15 Ibid
16 http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2013/10/10/report-finds-400-million-children-living-extreme-poverty
17 http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats
18 Ibid
19 http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2013/10/10/report-finds-400-million-children-living-extreme-poverty
20 http://www.internationalcap.org/abuse_statistics.html
21 Ibid
22 Ibid
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Children/Youth Subcauses

Adolescent Pregnancy
Bullying
Child Abuse
Child Labor
Child Marriage
Child Soldiers
Child Trafficking
Orphaned Children
Children/Youth Other
Adolescent Pregnancy
Approximately 16 million girls ages 15 to 19 give birth each year worldwide, and 11% of all new births globally involve teenage mothers.1 Nearly 95% of all teenage births occur in low or middle income countries, and 50% of the world's adolescent pregnancies occur in Bangladesh, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, and the United States.2 Although adolescent pregnancies account for only 11% of total global births, they account for 23% of all diseases and disabilities related to pregnancy and childbirth, due to the high risk of giving birth at a young age.3 Girls who give birth under the age of 15 are twice as likely to die from complications and face a much higher risk of obstetric fistula, the tearing of the ...See More birth canal or vaginal and rectal areas.4 Up to 65% of women with obstetric fistula developed the condition as an adolescent, and consequences of obstetric fistula include incontinence, severe infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, genital tract scarring, infertility, loss of menstruation, paralysis, kidney failure, depression, and death.5,6 Girls with obstetric fistula are often ostracized by their families or communities due to the odor from their incontinence or their inability to work or bear children, leading to many women being divorced and left vulnerable.7 Complications with pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for girls ages 15 to 19 and contribute to 70,000 deaths each year.8.9 Additionally, the risk of infant death is 60% greater if the infant's mother is under the age of 18 than if she is over the age of 19.10 Approximately 14% of the world's unsafe abortions occur in among women ages 15 to 19, particularly in low or middle income countries.11 Furthermore, over three million adolescent women have unsafe abortions each year.12 Other health problems associated with adolescent pregnancy include anemia, malaria, HIV and other STDs, postpartum hemorrhage, and depression.13 Adolescent pregnancy also has negative educational and economic implications for both young girls and their communities. Girls who become pregnant while in school are very likely to drop out and are not likely to later complete their education. This leaves adolescent mothers with little education and few vocation skills, reducing their opportunities for finding a job or supporting themselves of their children.14 This also comes at a cost to the country's entire economy when the country loses out on the potential income and earnings of women whose economic contributions decreased after an adolescent pregnancy.15 There is strong statistical evidence to indicate that a decrease in adolescent pregnancies could lower population growth rates, boast economic and social benefits, and improve the health of adolescents.16 Show Less