Facts & Statistics
In our world today, it is estimated that there are over 153 million orphaned children (estimated by Unicef).
US Foster Care System: There is approximately 500,000 children in the foster care system today. Of those, 118,000 are currently available for adoption. Last year in 2004, 51,000 children were adopted from the foster care system. This is almost double the 26,000 children adopted from the system in 2003.
There are 12,000 children in the foster care system in Missouri. 1500 of those children need adoptive homes today (One Heart Family Ministries)
One in three orphanage graduates is homeless, one if five commits a crime, and one in ten commits suicide. That meant that in 1993, of the 15,000 orphans who graduated from Russian orphanages, 1,500 committed suicide that year.
Columbia: Has more than 30,000 orphaned children. Poverty is the main reason.
China: Has more than 40,000 orphanages with an estimated 3 million orphans. Two in five babies entering the system die. In response to concern of over-population in , the government enforced a one child policy. Compounding the problem is the cultural response to boys and girls. The birth of a boy is celebrated, while the birth of a girl is not acknowledged.
India: Has more than 18 million children living on the streets. Orphanages are filled with the abandoned.
Romania: According to a government census, nearly 2500 Romanian children are living in the streets and sewers, and 100,000 are wards of state orphanages. (This was before closed adoption, the numbers must be astronomical now.)
Orphanages worldwide: Sick and special needs babies are left to die. In some orphanages, the death rates are as high as 20%.
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