Joint Council on International Children's Services

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Joint Council on International Children's Services
Joint Council on International Children's Services logo.png
Joint Council on International Children's Services logo
Formation 1975
Headquarters Alexandria, VA
Executive Director
Jennifer Mellon[1]

Joint Council on International Children's Services is a nonprofit child advocacy organization based in Alexandria, Virginia.[2][3] The organization works to end the suffering of orphans and vulnerable children who live without the protection and love of a permanent family. Joint Council marshals its resources through the 140 Partner organizations, which are U.S. based and international children welfare organizations that work in over 52 countries.


Joint Council advocates for legislation, funding, and aggressive prosecution of corrupt practices in adoption. They promote domestic adoption around the world, including in China, Africa, and Eastern Europe, while also advocating against the closure of international adoption programs.[4]

In April 2010, after an American mother put her unwanted 7-year-old Russian-adopted son on a plane alone to Russia, Joint Council organized a petition to Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev with over 11,000 signatures discouraging Russia from freezing its international adoption program.[5]

Media outlets often feature comments from former Joint Council CEO, Tom DiFilipo, on articles related to international adoption. Statements from Joint Council have appeared in the Associated Press,[5] USA Today,[4] the New York Times[2] and the Wall Street Journal,[6] among others.


Joint Council's Partner organizations include child welfare organizations, domestic and international adoption agencies, as well as orphan care organizations and other groups that provide services related to child welfare, orphan care or adoption.[7][8][9]

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  1. ^ "Staff - Joint Council". Joint Council on International Children's Services. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Gross, Jane (June 4, 2007). "Surge in Adoptions Raises Concern in Ethiopia". New York Times. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Casillas, Ofelia (Dec 21, 2006). "China to raise bar on adoption ; U.S. applicants can't be obese or single". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Johnston, John (24 July 2011). "Drop in international adoptions sparks debate". USA Today. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Crary, David (14 April 2010). "Don't impose adoption freeze, petitions urge Obama, Russian leader". Dallas News. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Boudreaux, Richard (12 July 2011). "U.S., Kremlin Reach Deal to Monitor Adoptions". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Barker Foundation". Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Adoptions of Indiana". Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Heart of the Matter Seminars". Retrieved 28 July 2011. 

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