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The First Russian-American Child Welfare Forum

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Forum web-site: http://www.racwf.org/

On August 1-6 2011, the first Russian-American Child Welfare Forum (RAF) was held on Lake Baikal in the Republic of Buryatia, Russian Federation. The Forum was initiated by Russian specialists working as part of the Child Protection Subgroup under the Bilateral Presidential Commission’s Civil Society Working Group (Obama-Medvedev) which began work in October 2010.


Russian Co-Organizers of the Event: 
- The Government of the Republic of Buryatia
- The Office of the Children’s Rights Commissioner for the President of the Russian Federation
- The National Foundation for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NFPCC)


American Co-Organizers of the Event:
-US Department of Justice
-United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
-The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
-Institute for Human Services (Ohio, USA)

Additional support was provided from the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, the Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Siberian Federal District, and the investment financial company ‘Metropol.’ 

Tasks of the Forum included:
- Facilitating large-scale interdisciplinary discussion among American and Russian child protection and child welfare specialists with the goal of strengthening professional relationships, alliances and contacts between the groups
- Presenting best Russian and American practices in the prevention of child abuse and violence against children
- Comparative analysis and coordination of values and conceptual approaches to aid future joint action in the field of child protection
- Discussion on civil society participation in protecting children’s rights

The goal of the Forum was to further the development of Russian-American dialogue and partnership in resolving pressing national and international child protection-related issues.

Forum materials:
- Videos

If you have any questions, please contact Sergey Georgievskiy, head of the Organizing Committee and Development Director at the National Foundation for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.  Email: sgeorgievskiy@nfpcc.ru; Skype: sergey.georgievskiy.

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