The Fair Start Model


We promote and protect every child’s right to a fair start in life by replacing unsustainable, parent-centered family planning models with the human rights-based and child-centered Fair Start family planning model.

The model suggests a shift in the family-planning moment from a subjective focus on just the parents, to an objective focus that considers the interests of the potential child, the parents, and the community.


Here’s how the Fair Start family planning model works:

  • Every child deserves a fair start in life, relative to their peers. 
  • Families and communities plan together to secure that fair start, shifting excess resources to improve conditions of entry. 
  • Everyone wins by creating a future filled with people who had a better start in life.

In the long term Fair Start family planning is the best way to promote human rights. Studies also suggest it is the most effective way to improve child welfare, create equity, and protect animals and the environment, all at the same time.

Photo by Amy the Nurse on Flickr; family planning decision-making

Photo by Amy the Nurse on Flickr

Families today are starting to live the Fair Start model:

Anne and Matt deliberately planned a fair start for their child. They had both grown up in large families and had first-hand experience with the dilution of and competition for parental time, attention, and resources. They wanted Ellen to have the options and opportunities they hadn’t had. Anne and Matt also wanted to have the time and resources to give back to others in their community – through volunteering, teaching, donating, and nonprofit work. By the time they chose to start their family, Anne and Matt were receiving help and support from a variety of sources, ranging from employer-based health insurance to hand-me-down clothes from colleagues. But we can do better. With the Fair Start family planning model, even more children can have a fair start.

Adopt the Model

If these values resonate with you, join the movement. By adopting the Fair Start model you’re showing your commitment to providing a better life for your children and your children’s children.


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