Globally an estimated 2-8 million children are in orphanages.
In the U.S. it is estimated that 400,000 children are in foster care.

Many countries and untold number of children are not included in these estimates.


WHAT HAPPENS TO THESE CHILDREN?

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BRAIN DAMAGE

Children growing up in orphanages — whether they be government or private do not get the care they need. Research proves that without individual care, attention and stimulation, children’s brains and neurological systems do not develop normally.

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THE EFFECTS

Children without parental care develop learning disabilities, have growth delays and diminished intellectual capacities. Additionally, many struggle with the psychological trauma of losing their parents and the neglect or abuse that led to that horrible end. The loss of human potential is incalculable.

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SOCIETY

Children cannot raise themselves. Without families, the odds are against them growing into productive citizens. Many children in foster care move from home to home to home. Many don’t finish high school, they end up homeless and in our prisons. They become prime candidates for trafficking, prostitution, terrorists and becoming child soldiers.

Find more in-depth information on the science at Center for the Developing Child – Harvard University


FAMILY MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Solutions exist. It’s the desire to really solve the problem that is tough. And while many governments do their best to help, older kids, sibling groups and kids with special needs are continually left behind.

Hosting Puts Kids in Families

Hosting children with safe and caring families helps shine a light on older children who need families but are often overlooked. Hosting gives kids the opportunity to experience family life and to meet people who might adopt them. It also engages the community in new ways around children in foster care and institutions who have long been hidden from view.


HOSTING REALLY WORKS.

It Works for Foster Kids in the USA

Hosting Works in the US

70% develop a permanent connection to an adult. 38% obtain legal permanency.

It Works for Foreign Orphans via Summer Miracles

Hosting Works International

8 of 10 or 80% are matched
with adoptive families.

It Works for In-Country Programs

Hosting Works In Country

In Colombia 63% of kids are matched with mentors and adoptive families.


Kidsave is a global voice for change. We train and encourage government agencies responsible for children without parental care to take on family advocacy programs and methodologies like the Kidsave Family Visit Model that are proven to increase the number of children growing up in families.


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