Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden was Patron of the First World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children when a girl stood up and shared her personal experience of sexual abuse.

"My concern for children who are abused, who are suffering and in difficulty was deepened when, in connection with that Congress, I realized the magnitude of the problems involved. I then decided to become personally involved," said Queen Silvia. 

Her Majesty founded World Childhood Foundation in 1999 together with 14 family foundations, private individuals and companies that all shared her vision.

Since then, the organization has grown to support children who are victims of abuse and sexual exploitation, street children, children in alternative care and families at risk in more than 100 programs annually in 17 countries. More than 1000 projects have received nearly $80 million from Childhood's offices in Sweden, Brazil, Germany, and the USA.

In 2015, Childhood USA's application to the United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations of the Department of Public Information (UN NGO DPI) was accepted, allowing Childhood to more easily work with the UN to drive change for children on an international scale. 

Our mission

Every child has the right to a safe and secure childhood filled with happiness. Everyone has the right to grow up and develop socially and intellectually. But many children are deprived of these most fundamental rights. They are neglected, abandoned, abused and violated in unacceptable ways. They never have a chance to live a fulfilling life.

Childhood USA's mission is to defend the rights of the child and to promote better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children at risk all over the world. We fight to give children the opportunity to develop into strong, secure and responsible human beings.


Our values are based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child



Childhood was founded by 14 generous Co-founders contributing USD 1 million each to start operations and project funding. Their capital investment provided Childhood a financially stable platform on which to build the organization. The Co-founder commitment offers an effective and consistent way for these entities to make positive contributions to society and to children. As of 2005, the Co-founder category is closed.

ABB, Axel Johnson Group, Charles B. Wang Foundation, Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation, Daimler Corporation Fund, The Barbro E. Heinz Family, The Jan H. Stenbeck Family, The Jane and Dan Olsson Family, The Sven Philip-Sörensen Family, Heimbold Foundation, Oriflame - af Jochnick Foundation, SAP AG, Skandia, TeliaSonera AB