Basic Human Rights Denied to Children Growing up Without Families

In honor of Universal Human Rights month, we're taking a look at a group of people routinely denied access to basic necessities.

Jennifer S. Jones December 23, 2017

There is no question that childhood is a special time. Countless professionals have examined how the physical, emotional, and mental development of a human being during the first few years of life lay the groundwork for that individual’s life. Children need care. They need care to survive physically and they need care to develop mentally and emotionally. Children need the security of growing up in a safe environment with access to food, clean water, and clothing. But for many children growing up without families, these basic human rights are denied.

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Jennifer S. Jones

Jennifer S. Jones is a writer, performer, storyteller and arts educator. She holds an MFA (Playwriting) from NYU Tisch. She has written numerous plays including the internationally renowned, award-winning Appearance of Life. Her amazing transracial transcultural family was created through adoption from China and India. She is passionate about the adoption community and talks about the ins and outs, ups and downs, joys and "is this really us?!" whenever she can. She writes about her experiences at

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