A large group of Save the Children employees hold signs in Washington Square Park that show children’s faces and read, “Missing Childhood.” On International Children’s Day, staff went to various public places with signs detailing the various ways in which children are missing out on their childhood. Photo credit: Ellery Lamm, June 2018.

Policy and Advocacy

Thanks to your support, Save the Children works to ensure children’s voices are heard, their rights are realized and their issues are given top priority.

More than 100 years ago, Save the Children’s pioneering founder established that children have rights. Today, we champion the rights of the world’s 2.3 billion children. We work to deliver and inspire programming and advocacy for children in 120 countries, including those right here in the United States.

In some of the world’s worst disasters, we have led advocacy efforts that ensure children’s needs are a top priority. As a result, U.S. policymakers look to Save the Children as the leading expert on childhood, both here at home and abroad.

The world’s refugee children are getting back to learning sooner, because we led the advocacy effort for a global standard. And we are the lead advocate for protecting children in conflict and providing mental health care for traumatized children.

Over 750,000 Americans support Save the Children as donors, advocates and volunteers, plus millions more around the world. Join us, and together we can make change for children. 

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