3rd Symposium

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Both Ends Burning

“New Ideas Solving Old Problems – How Innovation is Serving Children”

November 6-9, 2017
Washington, D.C.

Thank you for your interest in our 3rd Global Symposium and Global Child Protector Conference. We are honored to have the privilege to focus on solutions for at-risk children with the members of our Global Working Group. The symposium is by invitation only, but all are invited to join us for the Global Child Protector Conference.

The objective of the Both Ends Burning Foundation is to expand child welfare programs to include and prioritize family-based outcomes for vulnerable children. The symposium will bring together global child welfare officials, ministers, child development specialists, experts in children’s rights, and accomplished innovators. Utilizing a similar format from our highly successful symposiums at Harvard in 2014 and Los Angeles in 2016, we will organize a series of small group discussions to promote a healthy and immediate exchange of every participant’s knowledge to better serve children.

This symposium will feature the experiences of our Children First Software pilot countries, a thorough overview of the future vision of Children First Software, and discussions to fully understand your needs and readiness to begin to use this tool. Our goal is to offer the software initiative to your country to minimize institutional care, redirecting vulnerable children into reunification with their family or kinship, foster care, and domestic and international adoption programs.

Following the symposium we will host a one-day Global Child Protector Conference, welcoming members of the United States government, leaders of non-governmental organizations, child development experts and our global working group of international child welfare officials to join you. The conference will offer insight and perspective from entrepreneurial visionaries using new strategies and methods to solve old problems.

Our gatherings are a forum for best practices in innovation and collaboration, intending to inspire people to think about child welfare differently. Participants will have the opportunity to interact and form new relationships with colleagues in other countries. These relationships are vital for future collaborations as we work together to produce change.

We are encouraged by the extraordinary progress we have made since our last symposium. Together we are making our shared vision of family-based solutions for vulnerable children a reality.

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