Call to action to protect the right to family life & prevent institutionalization for all children

The signatories to this call to action acknowledge the leadership of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child and of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in their efforts to harmonize international human rights standards concerning children deprived of parental care. This call to action seeks to contribute to a range of efforts worldwide to promote consistent interpretation and enforcement of international human rights law in respect of children with disabilities, including the activities of the committees mentioned and other stakeholders and in particular the preparations for a Day of General Discussion on Children’s Rights and Alternative Care scheduled to take place in September 2021 under the auspices of the Committee on the Rights the Child.

The Call to Action is now open for endorsements to organizations advocating for the rights of children with and without disabilities and disability rights groups working at local, country, regional, and global levels. We encourage you to reach out to those organizations that may be interested. We also welcome endorsements from individuals, who in their personal or professional capacity work with children and young people and their families, or advocate for children’s rights, or the rights of persons with disabilities.

We will produce an updated version of the Call to Action with new endorsements on a regular basis, on this website. The more endorsements we have, the bigger the pressure for governments and service providers to ensure that every child has the opportunity to grow up in a family.