The Looking ForwardA Global Response to Homeless Children conference brought together individuals from 43 countries. It was a time of thoughtful dialogue, exchange of ideas and new connections between individuals and organizations that together can help address the global crisis of homeless children around the world.
Holt International acknowledges the contributions of many who contributed to the success of the conference. We are especially grateful to the conference presenters who gave of their time and expertise on behalf of all of us and are pleased to share the written presentation of many of the speakers on this website.
Photos and additional conference follow up will be added soon.
Thank you to everyone who was a part of the Looking Forward conference.
The Eugene Declaration
Participants at the conference endorsed the Eugene Declaration, a prescriptive value statement that recognizes the need and right for every child to grow up in a family. Click here to sign the Declaration. In addition to representing the sentiment of many at the conference, Holt and others will use the declaration into the future as an advocacy and educational resource to rally behind.
Awards - Holt International
|DAY 1 - Thursday, October 19
|Looking Forward: A Global Response for Homeless Children - Mr. Gary N. Gamer, President & CEO, Holt International
State of the World’s Children in Need of Families - Mr. Sam Worthington, President & CEO, InterAction
Socio-Economic Factors - Ms. Alexandra Yuster, Senior Advisor, UNICEF
The Medical Response - Dr. Lisa Albers Prock, M.D., Children’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School
The Social Service Response - Dr. Victor Groza, Professor of Social Work, Case Western Reserve University
The Community Home-Based Response - Father Angelo D’Agostino, Founder, Nyumbani Children’s Home, Kenya.
International Guidelines Alternative Care for Children Deprived of Parental Care - Mr. Brad Smith, International Board of International Social Services
|DAY 2 - Friday, October 20
|Looking Forward: Getting it Right for Children in Need - Ambassador Maura Harty, Assistant Secretary Bureau of Consular Affairs
African Perspective - Ms. Jolly Nyeko, Founder, Action for Children, Uganda
Eastern Europe Perspective - Ms. Maria Ternovskaya, Director Child Care Research & Training, Moscow
Western Europe Perspective - Mr. Ketil Lehland, Adoption Forum, Norway
The Cambodian Experience - Ambassador Charles Ray, U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.
Sustainable Community-Based Models - Mr. John Williamson, Senior Technical Advisor, Orphans & Vulnerable Children, U.S. Agency for International Development
Intercountry Adoption Safeguards for Children - Mr. Hans van Loon, Secretary General, the Hague Conference on Private International Law