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Rights of the Child

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. Frederick Douglass (1818–95); American social reformer, writer
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In May 2000, when our founder, Caroline Boudreaux
, was brought face to face with the harsh reality of the lives of orphaned children, she committed herself to giving these children everything they needed to reach their full potential. Soon thereafter, inspired by the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, she created The Miracle Foundation Rights of the Child, focusing specifically on the rights of orphaned children.

These rights are at the heart of everything we do. While every single child on earth is born with rights, our job is to ensure that the children have the opportunity to realize them. With that in mind, we used The Miracle Foundation Rights of the Child as the foundation for the guidelines and standards of care we are providing to orphaned children through The Miracle Foundation’s method.

The Miracle Foundation exists to ensure orphaned children realize:

 Family Environment

The Right to Live with their Parents or Relatives, if Possible.

Every child lives in a family — either with their parents or in an attachment-based, family-style environment — and experiences a sense of belonging.

Loving homeThe Right to a Stable, Loving, and Nurturing Environment

Every child is provided the opportunity for attachment through a stable, loving, and nurturing family environment.

Health & nutritionThe Right to Healthcare and Nutrition

Every child is provided nutritious, delicious food at every meal; receives regular, high-quality medical attention; and is taught good health and hygiene habits.

Clean water & electricityThe Right to Clean Water and Electrical Power

Every child receives consistent access to clean water and electrical power.

 

EducationThe Right to a Quality Education

Every child receives a quality education, supplemental enrichment programs, and access to higher education and/or vocational training as appropriate to their abilities and interests.

Equal opportunitiesThe Right to Equal Opportunities

Every child receives the same opportunities regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, origin, economic status, religion, creed, and/or handicapping condition.

GuidanceThe Right to Guidance

Every child is actively supported and counseled by caring adults who are invested in the child’s success.

 

Heard & ParticipateThe Right to be Heard and Participate

Every child is encouraged to develop their own independent thoughts and to express their views freely in all matters affecting them.

CitizenshipThe Right to be Prepared for Active and Responsible Citizenship

Every child is taught responsibility, a sense of community, and the importance of service.

 

No abuse & negectThe Right to be Protected from Abuse and Neglect

Every child receives effective protection from harmful influences, abuse (both physical & mental), neglect, corporal punishment, and all forms of exploitation. Additionally, every child is provided opportunities to register their complaints to an identifiable third party.

 

Dignity & freedomThe Right to Dignity and Freedom

Every child lives in an environment that fosters a sense of dignity and freedom. This includes living in clean and safe conditions, having sufficient and essential personal belongings, being entitled to their privacy, and always being treated with respect.

Spiritual developmentThe Right to Spiritual Development

Every child is provided opportunities to develop a religious affiliation that promotes spirituality and moral development

 

Together, we can change the lives of orphaned children. Will you join us? There are many ways you can get involved with The Miracle Foundation and make a huge difference in the life of a child. Please call us at 512.329.8635 or e-mail us directly.