Child Definition Policy
There is no single law that defines the age of children worldwide. Sociologically, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Ratified by 192 of 194 member countries, states that a child “means every human being below the age of eighteen years unless, under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier.” (Article 1, Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989) Biologically, a child is anyone in the developmental stage of childhood, between infancy and adulthood. Psychologically, a child is anyone who is dependent on
For kidsSTRONG purposes, we reference Erikson's stages of psychosocial development, defining the age of children to include infant through adolescent development. In healthily developing population the age range is typically 0-20 years. Recognizing the role that cancer can play in development, kidsSTRONG therefore defines the children as anyone touched by cancer during the ages of 0-20.