Rights of the Child
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.Frederick Douglass (1818–95); American social reformer, writer
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:
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.
The Right to a Stable, Loving, and Nurturing Environment
Every child is provided the opportunity for attachment through a stable, loving, and nurturing family environment.
The 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.
The Right to Clean Water and Electrical Power
Every child receives consistent access to clean water and electrical power.
The 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.
The Right to Equal Opportunities
Every child receives the same opportunities regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, origin, economic status, religion, creed, and/or handicapping condition.
The Right to Guidance
Every child is actively supported and counseled by caring adults who are invested in the child’s success.
The 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.
The Right to be Prepared for Active and Responsible Citizenship
Every child is taught responsibility, a sense of community, and the importance of service.
The 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.
The 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.
The Right to Spiritual Development
Every child is provided opportunities to develop a religious affiliation that promotes spirituality and moral development