Lumos to Attend Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally
Lumos, the charitable organization formed by J.K. Rowling to reform services for disadvantaged children around the world, has announced its involvement in the upcoming Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally. The US Institute of Medicine will be holding the forum in Prague, Czech Republic, on November 2-4 as part of a larger series of events in which they are bringing together scientific and academic experts from around the world to “explore issues relating to ‘children with developmental delays and disabilities, those living in institutions, refugees, immigrants, migrants, street children, ethnically and linguistically diverse children, and children from under-resourced communities, many of [whom] face discrimination.'”
The hosting of the forum in the Czech Republic is notable since its government has established a network of paid, short-terms foster carers to serve as an alternative to institutionalizing babies separated from their parents who await court decisions. Almost half of all these foster carers were recently surveyed by Lumos and found to be sound, caring people driven to actually help these children.
Gilian Huebner, Lumos US director of policy and advocacy, helped plan the forum and has used her background in US global development policy to play an active role in a campaign to ensure that children outside of families are counted in indicators used by the United Nations to analyze the Sustainable Developmental Goals. Huebner had this to say of Lumos’s anticipation for the forum:
We are looking forward to participating in this event, focusing on a growing body of research about reaching some of the world’s most marginalized and hard[-]to[-]reach child populations, including those living in institutions. We always benefit from discussions about best practice and emerging research, and we will have the opportunity to share our experience and learning.
Find the entire press release below.