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?
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.
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.
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
70% develop a permanent connection to an adult. 38% obtain legal permanency.
It Works for Foreign Orphans via Summer Miracles
8 of 10 or 80% are matched
with adoptive families.
It Works for In-Country Programs
In Colombia 63% of kids are matched with mentors and adoptive families.