WHO WE ARE

The Coalition for the Human Rights of Unparented Children is a broad coalition of child human rights experts and organizations who advocate for children’s most fundamental need, and most basic human right: to grow up in loving, nurturing families, with committed parents capable of providing unconditional love on an ongoing basis.

We are working to give voice to the many millions of unparented children growing up in institutions, and in other situations in which they are denied true parental care. We seek to increase awareness of the human rights violations suffered by the most vulnerable human group on the planet: unparented children. These violations include subjecting children to destructive institutional conditions, and creating unnecessary barriers to domestic and international adoption.

We are grateful for the support of Arent Fox, LLP for its advocacy in support of the Human Rights legislation.  Former US Congressman Philip English, senior government relations advisor and co-chair of the firm's government relations practice is spearheading this effort.

Our members:

ABBA Fund (Jason Kovaks, Director of Ministry Development)

America World Adoption (Brian Luwis, CEO)

Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (Eric Freeby, Laurie Goldheim, Emily Dudak Leiter, Katie Jay, Bill Rosen & Mark McDermott)

Center for Adoption Policy (Diane Kunz and Ann Reese, Co-Founders & Executive Directors)

Children of All Nations (Snow Wu, CEO)

Christian Alliance for Orphans (Jedd Medefind, President)

Harvard Law School Child Advocacy Program (Elizabeth Bartholet, Faculty Director and Crisanne Hazen, Assistant Director)

Love Grows Kids (Pete Leppanen and Kelly Dempsey, Co-Directors)

Mary Ann Glendon, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

National Council For Adoption (Chuck Johnson, President & CEO)

Paulo Barrozo, Associate Professor of Law, Boston College Law School

RainbowKids Adoption Advocacy (Martha Osborne, Founder & Executive Director)

Saddleback Church Orphan Care Initiative (Elizabeth Styffe, Director)

University of Pennsylvania Field Center for Children’s Research, Policy and Practice (Cassie Statuto Bevan, Child Welfare Fellow)