4 Statistics You Should Know About the Orphan Crisis

March 24, 2014 | Posted In Featured | Share

We are all motivated in different ways. Some prefer facts and figures while others are moved by the personal stories of others. Regardless of which is true of you, one thing is clear: God calls each of us to care for the needs of waiting children. Proverbs 31:8-9 says, “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

4 Statistics You Should Know About the Orphan Crisis

Let the following facts and statistics about the orphan crisis inform your heart as you consider your own part in the movement to care for orphans:

1. There are roughly 400,000 children in the US foster care system. Of that number, approximately 100,000 are waiting to be adopted.1

Every child is created in the image of God and deserves to belong to a loving family! Starting in your own community, research ways that you can help meet the needs of children in foster care. If you are considering adoption, know that Show Hope is here to help! We provide adoption aid grants to families in the adoption process. The average Show Hope financial grant is $4,000.

2. Of the children waiting in foster care, 30,000 age out every year, without families.2

One of the greatest needs for the children who age out of foster care is to connect with a loving mentor who will guide them through important decisions. If you have a small business that can provide vocational training or if you have experience with college applications and scholarships, this may be the perfect way for you to care for those who are aging out of the system! Contact your local Department of Human Services for more information about becoming a mentor.

3. The top five sending countries in inter-country adoption in 2010 were China, Ethiopia, Russia, South Korea, and Ukraine.3

James 1:27 says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” By becoming a Show Hope sponsor, you are answering God’s call to care for orphans!

4. Asia is home to the largest number of orphaned children in the world: 60 million, at last count.1

Show Hope is on the front lines of caring for orphans in China. Maria’s Big House of Hope in the Henan province of China supplies orphans in need with life-changing surgeries and care. Show Hope also offers care to orphans in single-floor Special Care Centers in the state-run orphanages of Zhengzhou, Jiaozuo, Nanyang, and Xinyang, China.

These facts can help us better engage our hearts and our minds as we discern how God is calling us to care for waiting children. Show Hope provides helpful resources in order to mobilize the movement to care for orphans.


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1Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS)

2Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

3Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO)


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  • Christe

    We adopted our great niece from the foster care system in 2013. It is such a broken system. It is in desperate need of reform. The system scares away away many potential parents. It took 47 months to adopt our daughter. People do not want to be in limbo for such a long time. What can we do to change this system???

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  • Kristle

    I’d like to share a glimpse of my own journey. I entered the Foster system in the state of Missouri at 13 years old and was told many times that I should apply for emancipation because my chances of being adopted were very slim to none. The family that did adopt me wasn’t even a part of they system! They had met me and heard my story, and God spoke to their hearts to offer to take me at 15 years old! My story is NOT typical, unfortunately. I TRULY believe that with KNOWLEDGE, the crisis may someday change! If only ONE family from every church, JUST ONE would open their home to a child or a sibling set, the foster system would be NEARLY empty! That’s sure something to pray about!

    • Kristle

      I added a link to my personal blog which will feature parts of my story and my autobiography. I want to use my story of Grace to help others and bring awareness to the idea of Fostering, Adopting and give insight to the children that are hidden in a system that makes them feel as though no one sees them….they are invisible. Please read, and feel free to share my story!

      • Jamie Bezdek

        Thank you for sharing, Kristie!