Be a part of the JOURNEY

24-27 OCTOBER 2019


We are excited to announce the Global Forum for a World Without Orphans 2019, which will take place 24-27 October 2019 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  This will be a strategic gathering for the global church in advancing efforts to end ‘orphanhood’ and to ensure that all children grow up in safe, stable, and nurturing families.

Registration and program information will be available in February 2019.

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Anja Goertzen Gaona

Legal Advocate, Paraguay

Anja Goertzen Gaona is a legal advocate for more vulnerable children and youth in Paraguay, working with her husband as missionaries under Action International. She served as Chairwoman of the Christian organization Viva Network in Paraguay for 4 years, promoting child protection and foster care within the Church, and developing strategies and strategic partnerships with the Government, NGOs and international organizations to further the response of family care, among others. A graduate from the School of Law of the National University of Asuncion, she has since worked in Paraguayan government offices for adoptions and alternative care of children separated from their families. Ms. Goertzen was also a legal consultant with the Rapporteurship on the Rights of the Child with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCH), of the Organization of the American States, in its head offices in Washington D.C., USA. As an attorney and an independent consultant, she works on different levels to bridge the gap between the national and international framework of laws and policies, and the reality of children waiting in institutional and residential care.