Whole Child International invites the press to contact our U.S. office at 310-394-1000 or We appreciate any efforts to spread the word about our effective, though surprisingly simple, efforts to solve one of the most entrenched problems in human society: the poor outcomes of group care on orphans, children in limited-resource childcare, and others of the world’s most vulnerable children.



  • Town & Country magazine, Summer 2019 UK Edition, p. 122. In a feature on Whole Child’s founder & CEO, Karen Spencer, entitled “Renaissance Woman” (PDF), Frances Hedges tells the story of founding the organization and gives an overview of Whole Child’s chief objectives and project. (Full PDF. Shorter “teaser.”)



Forbes Magazine, November 15, 2018

After USAID, Whole Child, and the Salvadoran government launched our five-year project in El Salvador, Forbes writer Kerry Dolan took a look at our efforts to provide the benefit of relationship-based care to children across the country’s childcare system. “The U.S. government appears to be betting that Whole Child’s work can help,” she writes,” because of the protective buffer that relationship-based care can develop for the country’s most vulnerable children.”

La Prensa Grafica, November 14, 2018

San Salvador’s La Prensa Grafica published “USAID, Whole Child, and ISNA Launch Project to Protect and Care for the Children.” The overview in Spanish of the the Protection and Quality of Care for Children Project concludes, “Through the training of caregivers in childcare centers and by working directly with families, the project will help ensure that children receive support for their development in safe, humane, and warm environments.”


  • The New York Times,FIXED: How to Really Help Children Abroad,” Tina Rosenberg, October 23, 2018. Founder & CEO Karen Spencer discusses the need to establish a functional, responsible system of care before systematically moving children out of institutional settings.


People Magazine, November 13, 2017

People magazine featured our Founder and CEO, Karen Spencer, as one of its 25 Women Changing the World in 2017. The article appears on page 100 of the magazine and online here. The article focuses on the power of relationships in children’s lives: “Simply by ensuring that children have quality primary-care relationships, they will grow stronger,” says Spencer. “This is absolutely implementable today — the shift can happen with very little resources, and the impact is huge.”

Los Angeles Times, October 27, 2017

The Los Angeles Times covered Whole Child International’s gala in “It’s a noble affair at the Whole Child International Gala in Beverly Hills.” Select quote: “The inaugural benefit for Whole Child International, hosted by Spencer and his wife, Karen (the Earl and Countess Spencer), also featured Anthony Kiedis and Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers to end the evening on a high note. Held Thursday at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the black-tie affair raised funds to improve the lives of orphaned, abandoned, abused and neglected children in developing nations.”


Dateline: On Assignment, May 29, 2016 (NBC)

logo-dateline-on-assignment-bugIn 2016, Whole Child International was featured in an episode of Dateline: On Assignment. The piece was introduced the prior Friday on a segment of the Today show.

In “Heir B&B: 4 Ways to Help Orphans” (NBC), a special feature of the Dateline: On Assignment segment, available at right, Cynthia McFadden and Whole Child founder Karen Spencer discuss four ways Whole Child International helps improve the lives of children who live in orphanages.

People Magazine, July 11, 2016

Whole Child International and the family of its founder, Karen Spencer, graced the July 11, 2016 edition of People Magazine. Click here for a PDF of the print magazine article.


Press Release:

2010: Visit by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama joined Whole Child International in Los Angeles on Feb. 20-21, 2010, to address the emotional needs of vulnerable children worldwide. During two days with Whole Child, His Holiness engaged philanthropists, academics, government officials, and the public on how to meet the needs of the most vulnerable children around the globe. (Please click here to learn more.)

CNN Larry King Live, March 7, 2010

In March 2010, His Holiness the Dalai Lama came to Los Angeles at the invitation of Whole Child International. His Holiness sat down with Larry King on CNN to discuss the organization, its mission, and other topics. A transcript is available here (beginning with the text, “When the Dalai Lama speaks, people listen).”


Press Releases

  • By Whole Child International: “His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Visit Los Angeles Following D.C. Trip,” February 2010.
  • By Whole Child International: “Sheryl Crow Joins Whole Child International and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama,” February 2010.
  • By Whole Child International: “His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Visit Los Angeles,” January 2010.

Articles and Audio

Please also see the related article on the Dalai Lama’s own website from February 21, 2010.

Press conference announcing 2010 Los Angeles visit by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, January 2010.




Forbes Magazine, February 12, 2007

forbes-bug200In February 2007, Forbes Magazine published a feature-length article on Whole Child International, introducing our work to a new population of readers. The article focuses on the challenges any organization faces when it tries to work in orphanages, which was the spark that led to Whole Child’s founding. “When [founder Karen Spencer] offered to help United Nations officials explore how to improve care, she was turned away. She learned that the World Health Organization and the World Bank also oppose putting children in institutions — so why bother fixing them? ‘I would love for all children to live in a happy, nurturing home,’ she says. ‘In the meantime someone needs to be dealing with the existing problem.'” (View here.)

Good Morning America, April 23, 2007

logo-gma-bugWhole Child’s founder Karen Spencer (then Karen Gordon) sat down with Good Morning America‘s Chris Cuomo to discuss why it was necessary to establish Whole Child International and elaborate on the benefits of our work on the world’s most vulnerable children.


Evening Magazine, April 12, 2008 (King 5 NBC TV)

Whole Child Founder & CEO Karen Spencer (then Karen Gordon) was featured in a 2008 segment of Seattle’s King 5 TV’s Evening Magazine. The piece appeared as part of coverage of the “Seeds of Compassion” conference, featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Karen Spencer, and others making a difference in the lives of children.


Glamour Magazine, May 2008

In May 2008, Glamour Magazine featured Whole Child and founder Karen Spencer (then Gordon) in its “Hero of the Month” section. The article used the founder’s story as a way to outline the need for our work: “In one orphanage, neglected infants fell asleep in their high chairs, and older children spent their days in toyless rooms, taking their boredom out on one another. ‘They had bite marks on their backs.'” Ten years after the organization’s founding, its work addressing these specific care practices has been proven to have a huge impact on the children we’ve been able to reach. (View here.)

Publications and Other Materials

For our publications and other materials about our interventions, research, and other topics, please visit our Publications page.