About the Summit
Children in the most dire straits are those outside of family care - those living on the streets or in institutions, trafficked, participating in armed groups, or exploited for their labor. Children in such circumstances often experience abuse, neglect, lack of stimulation, and extreme and toxic stress - all of which have a profoundly negative impact on a child's development and adult outcomes.
Recognizing that all governments need evidence to inform efficacious, effective, and sustainable policies, strategies, and programs to care for vulnerable children, the U.S. Government convened an Evidence Summit on Protecting Children Outside of Family Care on December 12-13, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The Summit brought together leading researchers as well as technical experts to assess the evidence to inform policies, strategies and programs relevant to protecting children outside of family care in lower- and middle-income countries and identify evidence gaps to shape the future research agenda.
Expected outcomes from the Summit included:
The Summit is intended to lead to the establishment of programming principles for U.S. government assistance to children outside of family care. An evidence-to-action strategy will be developed following the Summit to ensure application of the principles, implement evidence-based best practices, and address critical knowledge gaps in U.S. government-funded initiatives
- Clarity on evidence to inform policies, strategies and programs relevant to protecting children outside of family care; and
- identification of evidence gaps to shape the U.S. government research agenda.