United Nations Rights of the Child

All Children Have the Same Rights

“The child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.”

The Conventions on the Rights of the Child

We have codified measurement standards based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and work hand-in-hand with local leaders and families to activate each of these rights so children can reach their full potential.

RIGHT TO

live with

A FAMILY

Every child should be able to live in a family, either with their parents or in an attachment-based, family styled environment while experiencing a sense of belonging.

RIGHT TO

healthcare

& NUTRITION

Every child will receive regular and high quality medical attention at all times. We will inculcate in them good health and hygiene habits. They will be provided with healthy, nutritious and delicious food in every meal.

RIGHT TO A

quality

EDUCATION

Every child will receive quality education appropriate to their abilities and interests, supplemental enrichment programs, and will have access to higher education and/or vocational training.

RIGHT TO

guidance

FROM A CARING ADULT

Every child will be actively supported by caring, trained, adults who will invest in the child’s success.

RIGHT TO

be prepared for

ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP

Every child will be taught responsibility, a sense of community, and given the opportunity to give back.

RIGHT TO

live in dignity

AND FREEDOM

Every child is treated with respect and lives in adequate conditions with sufficient belongings that foster a sense of dignity and freedom.

RIGHT TO A STABLE,

loving and nurturing

ENVIRONMENT

Every child should be able to experience attachment with its caregiver through a stable, loving and nurturing family environment.

RIGHT TO

clean water

& ELECTRIC POWER

Every child will receive consistent access to clean water and electrical power in a safe environment.

RIGHT TO

equal

OPPORTUNITIES

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

RIGHT TO

participate

IN DECISIONS THAT AFFECT THEM

Every child will have the right to express their views freely in all matters affecting them. They will be encouraged to develop and express independent thought.

RIGHT TO

be protected

FROM ABUSE & NEGLECT

Every child will receive effective protection from harmful influences, abuse (physical & mental), neglect, corporal punishment and all forms of exploitation. Additionally, every child is provided opportunities to make complaints to an identifiable third party. Those caring for children are trained and given appropriate discipline techniques.

RIGHT TO

spiritual

DEVELOPMENT

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

In 1989, The United Nations held the historic Convention on the Rights of the Child. It was a chance for the world to agree on the way all children should be treated. Out of this convention came a pivotal idea that is both simple and profound:

Photo: Lynne Dobson

All children in all countries have the same fundamental rights. From the wealthiest to the poorest, these rights do not change, including the right to proper nutrition, education, healthcare, safety and more.

At the center of this document is a critical component that most of the other rights are built upon: That every child has the right to live with a family who loves and cares for them. It was and is a powerful statement that flies in the face of orphange culture that still exists in many parts of the world today.

Thirty years later, in December of 2019, the UN met again to review progress on these rights and took it a step further, stating that we—as nations of the world—are no longer going to tolerate our children being raised in institutions. The time has come for change.

Photo: Lynne Dobson

But how do you bring this vision into reality? While we can all agree upon what a child needs, what do you measure? And how do you measure it? And once determined, how do you go about systematically ensuring these rights are met?

Activating these rights is what Miracle Foundation is all about. In fact, our revolutionary Thrive Scale ™ Methodology is based specifically on 12 rights as outlined by the UN. Through trial and error and careful study over several decades, we have not only determined what to measure and how to measure it, we have also developed the steps required to activate each and every right.

This includes reuniting children with families, a long overdue promise made to all children, and a growing movement where Miracle Foundation is leading the way.

As we have seen, when you ensure a child receives the basic human rights they were born with…miracles happen, children thrive and they finally have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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