Securing Children’s Right to Family Life

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Ian Anand Forber-Pratt’s (US’98, C’08) mission is to ensure India’s children are safe and cared for—an ambitious goal in a country where an estimated 31 million children are considered vulnerable or orphaned.

Adopted from India and raised in the United States, Forber-Pratt understands the need to give children a stable life. With that in mind, he returned to India in 2011 to establish Foster Care India.

Today, Forber-Pratt is educating state and local government officials in Rajasthan, India, helping them recognize the need for social change and the benefits of establishing a non-institutionalized foster care program.

Working on child neglect cases with local authorities, he helps find both temporary and permanent care for needy children.

Forber-Pratt’s desire to help Indian youth predates his time at Principia, but the College’s 2007 India Abroad spurred that desire by allowing him to study the caste system and consider ways to support India’s youth. “The trip solidified for me that India was where I was headed,” Forber-Pratt says.

After graduating from the College, Forber-Pratt earned an MSW from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. While there, he completed a practicum at St. Louis Foster Care, where he subsequently worked full time in their Extreme Recruitment program, an innovative—and highly successful—approach to moving children as quickly as possible from foster care into permanent, adoptive families.

In 2011, with his move to India, Forber-Pratt shifted his focus to that nation’s needy children. Both passionate and patient, Forber-Pratt expects his efforts to benefit Indian children for generations to come.

Update: Ian recently received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Brown School. Read more about his work.

This article first appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of Principia Purpose, which honored 30 young alums.

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