Children International Joins Keeping Children Safe Network

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 4, 2024) – Children International, a global nonprofit that seeks to break the cycle of generational poverty, has joined the Keeping Children Safe (KCS) Network, an independent consortium that helps organizations protect children from abuse.

By joining the KCS network, Children International solidifies its longstanding commitment to ensure the safety and well-being of the nearly 200,000 sponsored children that it serves every year, said Lemuel Bonete, Global Lead in Child Safeguarding for Children International.

“Being part of the KCS Network is a pivotal step toward realizing Children International’s vision of ending poverty for good and creating a world where every child, family and community can thrive,” said Bonete, Senior Technical Officer in Central Luzon, Philippines. “Looking ahead, Children International envisions seamlessly integrating child safeguarding efforts into its systems and strategies within the next year.” 

Membership in KCS will benefit Children International through a discounted full review of its child safeguarding policy, Bonete said. Additionally, Children International will receive ongoing coaching, mentoring and technical advice from the KCS Network, and will have access to resources, such as webinars, conferences and networking forums, to enhance its safeguarding practices.

This past March, “safeguarding champions” representing Children International communities around the world took part in a full week of intensive, online training classes in collaboration with KCS. Through this practical training, participants learned how to navigate the complexities of child protection, and how to adopt best practices to foster a culture where children’s rights are upheld and respected.

About Children International

Children International, based in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, is a global nonprofit that delivers child and youth development programming to break the cycle of generational poverty. Through a customized approach, Children International serves young people in Colombia, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, India, Guatemala, Mexico, the Philippines, Zambia and the United States for the first two decades of their lives. The organization provides access to health care, education, positive role models, and the life and job skills they need to become gainfully employed. When equipped to improve their own lives, young people also transform their families and communities, and, as a result, multiply good in the world. For more information, visit

About Keeping Children Safe

KCS aims to end child abuse, exploitation, and neglect around the globe. For over 20 years, KCS has helped prevent child abuse in tens of thousands of organizations, positively impacting more than 65 million children worldwide. KCS works with entities of all types and sizes, from governments, civil society, militaries, schools, sports organizations, the United Nations and the private sector. For details, go to  


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