Links to Children’s Charities and Causes


Below are links to some of the many charities working to protect, aid and benefit children in various countries.  Their important work relies on the support of people like you and me!  Scroll down to find the country you’re looking for.

International/Worldwide

The mission of Make-A-Wish Foundation International is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.  It has become the largest wish-granting organisation in the world and can be found in over 36 countries on five continents.

With local chapters in more than 50 countries around the world, Ronald McDonald House provides lodging and other resources to families so they can stay close by and support a child hospitalised far from home at little or no cost.

As one of the world’s leading independent organisations for children, Save the Children’s vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.  With the help of its national affiliates, it delivers child health, education and protection programmes in 120 countries.

The Smile Train is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate.  Being born with a cleft in a developing country is truly a curse; millions of children in those countries suffer with unrepaired clefts and face very difficult lives.  The Smile Train is dedicated to providing free cleft surgery to those children.

This is the umbrella organisation of all SOS Children’s Villages associations.  SOS Children’s Villages is one of the leading international social development organisations, focusing especially on protecting, educating and providing for orphans and other children around the world who can no longer grow up with their biological families.

As part of the United Nations, UNICEF’s work is carried out in 191 countries through country programmes and National Committees.  UNICEF focuses on child survival and development, basic education and gender equality, paediatric HIV/AIDS, and protecting children from violence and exploitation.

Australia

Barnardos Australia supports children who may be suffering from, or who are at risk of, abuse, neglect, homelessness or poverty in Australia.  This is achieved through such means as foster care, adoption, home visiting, childcare, community education and health programs.

CCIA is the only independent medical research institute in Australia dedicated to research into the causes, prevention, better treatments and ultimately a cure for childhood cancer.

This national organisation aids premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them.  It provides personal support to families, funding and tools for hospitals, and community education, among other efforts.

NAPCAN’s mission is to advocate on behalf of children and to promote positive change in attitudes, behaviour, policies, practices and the law to prevent abuse and neglect and ensure the safety and wellbeing of all Australian children.

OzChild protects disadvantaged, abused or neglected children and works to provide better futures for them.  Its extensive services include foster care, child and family support, school and community outreach, disability services, mental health programmes, literacy initiatives and more.

RIBDC provides quality special educational services to children who have significant hearing and/or vision  impairment, including children who have additional disabilities.

Canada

Breakfast for Learning is the leading national non-profit organisation solely dedicated to child nutrition programmes in Canada.  It provides nutrition grants, child nutrition education resources, research on the link between child nutrition and learning, and a strong voice for quality school meal programmes.

This organisation works to reduce victimization of Canadian children through public awareness activities, a personal safety education programme, a national tipline to report online sexual abuse, and a programme to help organisations prevent child sexual abuse.

The Children’s Aid Foundation is a national organisation committed to improving the lives of abused, neglected and at risk children and youth in Canada through prevention, enrichment and education.

CWLC is a national organisation dedicated to safeguarding the well-being and protection of vulnerable young people.  It plays a significant role in promoting best practices among those in the field of child welfare, child rights, children and youth mental health and youth justice.

OACAS is a membership organisation representing children’s aid societies in Ontario.  It provides programmes and services to its member organisations, the government and the public in such areas of child welfare advocacy, government relations, communications, youth in care, education and training.

Ireland

Ireland’s largest children’s charity works in the heart of disadvantaged communities with children and families whose well-being is under threat, with more than 40 community based centres, national services, and links with partner organisations.

Barrettstown is a specially-designed camp that provides therapeutic recreation programmes for children with serious illnesses, and their families.

This foundation supports the care of sick children at Ireland’s largest children’s hospital, as well as investigation into childhood illnesses at Ireland’s largest dedicated paediatric research centre.

Foróige is the leading youth organisation in Ireland, working with approximately 50,000 young people aged 10-18 every year through volunteer-led clubs and staff-led youth projects, as well as the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programme.

The ISPCC provides a range of services aimed at ending cruelty, injustice, exclusion and discrimination against children in Ireland.

The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation provides care and support for children with severe neurological development issues, as well as offering some respite to the parents and families.

New Zealand

Barnardos New Zealand engages in child and family services, early childhood care and education, and information and advocacy programmes focused on putting the needs and interests of New Zealand’s children, young people and their families first.

Child Matters is a charitable trust dedicated to preventing harm to children in New Zealand by providing guidance, advice, education and support to those in a position to act to protect children.  Its training and education programmes provide adults with essential skills, and just as importantly the confidence, to intervene when a child needs help.

This coalition of individuals and organisations works to contribute to the welfare of children and young people of Aotearoa New Zealand by raising public awareness and promoting public policies that place children at the centre of policy and planning; ensure every child gets a good start in life; end child poverty; reduce maltreatment, child abuse and neglect; and increase the child rearing role of families, whānau, hapū and iwi.

The Kids Help Foundation Trust is a registered charity that provides What’s Up, a free, professional counselling service for all New Zealand’s children and young people aged 5 to 18.  Through What’s Up, kids have direct, confidential access to trained counsellors who help deal with peer and family relationships, bullying, pregnancy, grief, abuse and other issues.

Plunket is New Zealand’s largest provider of support services for the development, health and wellbeing of young children.  These services are available free to New Zealand families with children from birth to 5 years old.

This foundation supports Starship Children’s Health, a major paediatric treatment, training and research center in Auckland.  In addition to the main hospital, Starship also provides outpatient clinics, community and outreach services dedicated to children’s health.

South Africa

ACFS works to combat the scourges of malnutrition, poverty and HIV/AIDS among South Africa’s children and to improve the quality of life for those hardest hit - in particular orphans, child-headed households and those in the care of elderly grandparents.

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation is a national voluntary organisation that brings together the parents of children who suffer from all varieties of cancer or life threatening blood disorders.  Funds raised directly benefit the children and their families, and also support those involved in the treatment of these most serious illnesses.

Founded by the great statesman, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund seeks to change the ways in which society treats its children and youth in order to improve their conditions and lives.

United Kingdom

Action for Children is committed to helping the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people break through injustice, deprivation and inequality, so they can achieve their full potential.  It specialises in working with children and young people whose families need support, who are in care, who are disabled or who experience severe difficulties in their lives.

As one of the UK’s leading children’s charities, Barnardo’s runs hundreds of vital projects across the UK, including counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, vocational training and disability inclusion groups.

The Children’s Society is committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways.  It gives a voice to disabled children, helps young refugees to rebuild their lives and provides relief for young carers.  It defends, safeguards and protects the childhood of all children and young people throughout the UK through its network of programmes and services.

NCB is a leading national charity which supports children, young people, families and those who work with them.  It undertakes around 60 projects each year to improve the lives of children, especially the most vulnerable.

The NSPCC is devoted to protecting children in the UK from cruelty and abuse.  It runs a wide range of services for both children and adults, including national helplines and local projects.

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.

TACT is the UK’s largest charity and voluntary agency providing fostering and adoption services.

United States

Boys & Girls Clubs promote the development of young people by providing a safe place to learn and grow, and instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

Childhelp is a national charitable organisation dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.  Childhelp’s approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment, and includes the National Child Abuse Hotline.

CCA is a coalition of more than 100 of America’s leading charitable organisations dedicated to meeting the needs of children.  Its web site provides information and links for each of the members.

CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920.  Its expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programmes and practices help improve the lives of millions of children in all 50 states.

Created at the behest of the U.S. Marine Corps, this charity is the fundraising and support organisation for the well-known Toys for Tots programme, which provides hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas through an annual campaign of collecting and distributing new toys.

NCMEC’s mission is to serve as the nation’s resource on the issues of missing and sexually exploited children.  The organisation provides information and resources to law enforcement, parents, children including child victims as well as other professionals.

St. Jude is internationally recognised for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.  No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.

 

[Descriptions are drawn from the charities' own web sites.]