Act as though what you do makes a difference. It does. –William James
Hello, dear reader!
My name is Kristin. I am a wife, mom, and student living in the desert of northwest Utah. In my free time, I advocate for children with special needs who are living in orphanages in China and Eastern Europe. This blog is a part of my advocacy efforts for them. It is my hope that this blog will inspire someone to think about looking into adoption.
In this blog, I hope to bring awareness to the plight of the many orphaned children around the world, feature specific waiting children from time to time, and let you, the reader, know of ways you can help if you wish to.
The Orphan Crisis
It is estimated that there are between 143 and 210 million orphaned children in the world, according to UNICEF. This includes both “true” and “social” orphans.
A social orphan is a child who may have living parents, but the parents are unable to care for the child due to illness, poverty, or drug or alcohol abuse, and the child is either on the streets or institutionalized. A true orphan has no living parents.
The current population of the United States is just a little over 300 million…to give you an idea of the enormity of the numbers.
What happens to orphaned children who never get adopted?
*60% of orphaned girls will become prostitutes
*70% of orphaned boys in Eastern Europe will become criminals
*10-15% of orphans will commit suicide before the age of 18
*In Africa, homeless children are armed and used for war
Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but….
Every 2.2 seconds, another orphan “ages out” of the system with no family to belong to and no place to call home.
These Are Real, Flesh and Blood Children. Not Just Numbers.
Statistics like these are the reason why I advocate for fatherless children. I love children. I’m a born nurturer. And the nurturer in me can hardly stand knowing that there are millions of little boys and girls living with no mom and dad to love them and give them the security they so desperately need.
At the time of this writing, my husband of 24 years has no interest in adopting, which is the only reason I haven’t adopted a child myself.
We aren’t wealthy either. It takes thousands of dollars to adopt a child internationally. I do know many families, however, with less income than my family, who have adopted repeatedly. There are ways to make it happen if you really want to. I will cover those ways in a future post.
In the meantime, thank you for reading this post. I hope that your heart has been stirred to begin thinking about what YOU can do to help.
Here are some links to a few websites with more information about adoption and some stories of waiting children:
Thirty Famous People Who Were Adopted:
Paige Longs For a Family (Paige is in China. She is a true orphan and longs to be adopted):
Leo is a darling little boy in China with dwarfism. He needs to be adopted soon! Children age out of the orphanages in China at age 14: