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International child saving (ICS) is a movement that aims to rescue children beyond national borders from circumstances threatening their lives, survival, or development, such as wars, disasters, lethal diseases, or extreme poverty and to provide them with care. Today, it involves a wide variety of governmental, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental actors and generally takes the form of an urgent call to action, appealing to our sense of moral responsibility for restoring childhood. This entry summarizes the history of ICS and the controversies surrounding it.

The History of ICS

The origins of ICS can be traced back to the first colonial encounters, when Christian churches and charities raised money to help children overseas, generally with the idea of rescuing both their bodies and souls. The phenomenon amplified at the ...

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