Building a secure and hopeful today, so children facing health issues and poverty succeed tomorrow.

Building a secure and hopeful today, so children facing health issues and poverty succeed tomorrow.

Children’s Place International is part of Children’s Place Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing essential services that are lacking in Chicago’s divested neighborhoods – basic healthcare, trauma therapy, support groups, early education, and family support – by crafting personalized plans for each child’s well-being.

Expanding upon this mission, Children’s Place International launched in 2007 to support some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Since then, we have worked with community-based partners to ensure the health and well-being for tens of thousands of children and their caregivers across nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

We embrace equity in all facets of our work. By partnering with local community-based organizations and taking a strengths-based approach, we close the access gap to healthcare, education, and opportunities for vulnerable children.

The kids in our programs not only survive into adulthood – they go on to do incredible things! Many have become medical professionals, engineers, teachers, and business owners.

Children Served

  • Prenatal through young adulthood

  • In low- or middle-income countries

  • Living with or susceptible to life-threatening illnesses

  • Staying with family or caregivers

  • Supported through local community partners

Health Issues

  • Communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis

  • Non-communicable diseases such as cancer, mental health, sickle cell, epilepsy

  • Malnutrition and waterborne illnesses

Targeted Interventions

  • Treatment

  • Prevention

  • Social determinants / family support

  • Education and career progression

Our mission is more than a statement. It is a collective calling to dismantle the inequities that cause countless children to needlessly suffer and die.

We utilize a multi-faceted approach to support children and families living in poverty that includes improving access to healthcare, addressing the social determinants of health, and creating pathways for sustainable livelihoods for lifelong well-being.

Guiding Principles

We advance a more just and equitable world so children and youth, no matter where they live, can develop and contribute their gifts to the world.​
We strive to see the whole child, not just their vulnerabilities. We embrace a strengths-based approach, avoiding negative stereotypes and outdated charity models.
We believe people who live and work in marginalized communities best understand their own needs and solutions. We are thus guided by our community partners’ goals and approaches to improving outcomes for kids.
We work alongside our community partners as equals, drawing on a shared vision while leveraging our strengths to make the greatest impact.
We strive to maintain our program partnerships until our partners’ goals are achieved, recognizing that real change takes time, commitment, and continued resourcing.
We persevere so young people can face the future with hope, dignity, and well-being. We likewise embrace the transformation that collective journey has on our staff, volunteers, and supporters.
We honor the trust placed in us by the children, families, partners, and funders. We manage all resources with transparency, accountability, and efficacy.