Our Mission

Our mission is to work for children worldwide to improve the quality of their lives, and to enhance opportunities for the development of their full potential.

This mission represents a commitment by IFCW’s Members to work for the fulfillment of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in every nation and is to be achieved through the strengthening of nongovernmental child welfare organisations (NGOs) worldwide in their direct and indirect service to children and families by:

  • Organising and improving information exchange and cooperation among members.
  • Educating world opinion on the interest and well-being of children.
  • Promoting and organising conferences, seminars and study groups.
  • Cooperating with other recognised bodies having similar objectives.


On 16-18 June of 1989, thirty eight national child welfare nongovernmental organizations (NGO’s) representing approximately three hundred child welfare NGO’s on six continents joined in the founding of the International Forum for Child Welfare ( IFCW ) at Haikko, Finland.

The founding was the culmination of four years of preparation begun in 1985 by Sir Leslie Kirkley, Pat Light and Alan Davis.

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