The Jerusalem Post announced on May 3, 2011 that Israel’s child poverty ranked the highest in the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD). This troubling data was a real wake-up call for us. The Love for Israel Relief Fund expects Israel’s child welfare system to rank #1 in OECD – nothing less will do for us. Call us biased, but we believe Israeli families are the best in the world and our OECD child welfare track record must reflect that.
Since May 2011, the Love for Israel Relief Fund has carefully sifted through the OECD data as well as data from several states within the United States. Our goal was to identify the secret to the successes of the highest ranking countries within the OECD and the highest-ranking states within the United States and suggest adapting these successes to Israeli society.
As is often the case, the solution was surprisingly simple. The highest ranking welfare system took concrete steps to ensure children the right to “most natural and least restrictive environment.” Not only does this philosophy save taxpayers and donors up to 90%, but is also in our children’s best interest. Since then the Love for Israel Relief Fund has been advocating for welfare reform in Israel that will earn us our rightful place at #1 in the OECD.